Back to School Countdown

Backpacks and tennis shoes needed!

It’s that time of year again! Kids are preparing to go back to school. Let’s ensure that every child starts off the school year right with adequate school supplies, a sturdy backpack and a new pair of tennis shoes.  The Community Resource Center’s school supply distribution is Tuesday and Wednesday, August 20 and 21, 2019,  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


You can help in many ways:

  • Take a tag off the giving tree in the Atrium/Narthex and bring back the requested item(s) by Sunday, August 18, 2019. We are able to purchase school supply items through a wholesale distributor. However, we still need backpacks, new tennis shoes, and monetary donations. Please place donated items under the giving trees.
  • Help set up the school supply “store” on Monday, August 20. Sign up here 
  • Shop with students as they pick out their supplies on August 21 and 22.  Sign up here 
  • If you’re not a shopper or are unable to participate in any of the above ways, we gratefully accept monetary donations (envelopes in pews) so that we may purchase all supplies necessary to have on hand.

Contact CRC volunteer coordinator, Debbie Larson at 651.762.9148 or with questions. We ask that adults only sign up for shopping with students to protect anonymity. Last year, we served 262 children of all grade levels from the Mahtomedi, North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale, and White Bear Lake school districts. Thank you in advance for your support of this much-needed ministry.