July/August '19 Update

Over 300 book bags and over $3,000 worth of school supplies went to support our elementary school students in East Carroll and Tensas Parishes

Over 300 book bags and over $3,000 worth of school supplies went to support our elementary school students in East Carroll and Tensas Parishes

Thank you all, again, for the many ways in which you helped make our 17th year of Bags of Hope a success. We delivered not only book bags on the day of the event, but also $2,500 worth of additional supplies directly to Southside Elementary School. Teachers, families, and administrators all send their appreciation and thanks.

The fall has gotten off to a good start. Our board of directors met in mid-September, approving our by-laws and making plans for the 2020 year. With their help, we're getting off the ground as a 501(c)3, and we hope that this makes Together for Hope even more sustainable well into the future.

In Lake Providence, the GED courses are continuing, and we're also excited about a few new projects. Recently, I was approached by a few young adults from First Presbyterian Church (Lake Providence) about their desire for a quiet, contemplative type of worship service. So, working together, on September 24th, we held our first Evening Vespers service. We're excited to see if this will be a good fit for the community.

Lastly, during Advent of this year, we're going to have our first Diaper Drive in hopes of establishing a source of diapers for local, low-income parents. As most folks know, diapers can be very expensive, and they're also not covered by most social service programs. We plan to work along with our local Catholic Charities and Community Action offices to get diapers for our little ones in Lake Providence. Be on the lookout for more information in the coming months!

Thanks for all you do and for remembering our work in East Carroll!