An area church is extending a helping hand to those in need in the community.
"We believe that a child prepared for school is a confidant child," Coordinator Mary Treash said. "And a confidant child will succeed in school."
The Family Worship Center will have a backpack giveaway, Saturday, from noon-2 p.m., located at United States 40 and County Road 425 West.
"This is our second year for the event," she said. "The bags will be handed out on a first-come-first-serve basis."
The event is free to anyone in need and students will receive a free backpack, which contains a folder, notebook, ruler and crayons. They are intended for Kindergarten-fifth-grade students.
The bag giveaway is in correlation with the Kids Crusade program currently taking place at the church, however children do not have to attend the nightly events during the week to receive a bag Saturday.
"We will begin passing out bags at noon and any child there will receive a bag," Treash said.
There will be age appropriate literature for the children inside each backpack.
"We want the children to know that we love them just as God does," she said. "It's who and what we are."
With the effects of the economy, Treash wanted to stress that everything is free to the public, thanks in part to donations received.
"We want to thank everyone for everything they've done," she said.
The Family Worship Center's Women's Ministry sold angels and cookbooks to raise proceeds for the event. Other business that contributed include Subway, Highway 40, Wallace Bros. Disposal, Baskin Robbins, Wabash Valley Children's Dentistry, Walgreen's (Brazil), Lynn's Pharmacy, Shear Image, the Brazil Coffee Company and Brazil Family Dentistry.
"We want to help the children," she said "We know with everything that is going on with the economy that people need a little help. We just want to give them that."
For more information, contact Treash at 442-7431 or the church at 442-1792.
What: Backpack giveaway
When: Saturday, Aug. 1
Where: The Family Worship Center located at the intersection of United States 40 and County Road 425 West
Time: noon-2 p.m.
* Backpacks will be given away on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The Brazil Public Library will be collecting school supplies and monetary donations until Aug. 10. The supplies will then be divided among the seven elementary schools, North Clay Middle School, Northview High School, the Cumberland Academy and Clay City Jr./Sr. High School to those students in need, at the discretion of the teachers and principals.