Local Church Holding Outreach With Free School Supplies (VIDEO)

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive
By Chris Smurr - 21Alive

August 10, 2014 Updated Aug 10, 2014 at 8:47 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Going back to school is stressful enough, so why add to it by worrying about back-to-school shopping? A local church is easing that stress by supplying the community with free school supplies.

Summit Church, 2320 Maumee Avenue, and The Factory Young Adults held an outreach picnic Sunday at McCormick Park, 2300 Holly Avenue and Raymond Street.

On top of free backpacks filled with school supplies, Summit Church members served up free food, and offered nail and face painting, a bounce house, and fellowship.

Church leaders say the outreach is about more than just giving back to the community.

"We just wanted the opportunity to serve the community by showing them God. Because a lot of times churches minister a lot and you hear them speaking, and they give speeches and stuff like that. We just wanted to actually show them God through our actions, and by doing something. So, that's the point of this whole thing, is to let you see God tangibly,” said Zachary Briggs, Young Adults Ministry Leader at Summit Church.

The picnic was sponsored by Coca-Cola and Walmart.

Briggs says they got a bigger turnout than they ever imagined, and handed out over 400 backpacks.




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