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Frederick Rescue Mission’s first back-to-school gift is over three weeks away, but Jasmine Sneed’s office is already stuffed with bags of new clothes from Old Navy, Walmart and Target.
“That’s what the community does,” said Sneed, the mission’s director of partnership development. “It lets us know we’re onto something.”
To help prepare children for the upcoming school year, the mission will provide families with free groceries, clothing and hygiene items from 1 to 3 p.m. on August 15.
The giveaway — which will also include free hot dogs, treats and activities for kids — will take place on the Mission Lawn at 419 W. South St. Volunteers will be there to offer to pray for students when they return. at school.
Families should bring their children to the event to receive supplies, Sneed said.
In previous years, the mission has distributed backpacks and school supplies to families with school-aged students, Sneed said. Today, that need is being met by the United Way of Frederick County’s Stuff the Bus campaign.
The school supply drive has grown tremendously since it began, Sneed said. About 56 businesses and nonprofits are collecting supplies this year, up from 45 last year.
On August 3, Frederick County Public School Buses will collect donated supplies and bring them to a church in Frederick for families to pick up. The Rescue Mission will provide free groceries to families at the event.
But the mission wanted to do more, Sneed said. When a member of the association’s staff suggested organizing a back-to-school gift for the families, an explosion of joy and enthusiasm swept through his team.
The event was scheduled in 15 minutes, she said.
As part of the giveaway, the Rescue Mission is asking for donations of children’s T-shirts, socks and underwear.
They can be used or new, and come in any size, color and style, Sneed said. But she asked that people remember older children when choosing clothes.
The rescue mission gets a lot of clothing donations for kindergartners and other young children, but people sometimes overlook the teenagers, who wear clothes closer to adult sizing, Sneed said.
In a press release, the Mission asked donors to drop off clothing donated by Aug. 11 at 419 W. South St. No RVSP is required for the gift.
The nonprofit expects about 200 families to come to the event, Sneed said.
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