FPCE has helped WCM in previous years with the purchase and assembly of backpacks stuffed with items needed for Wilkinsburg students returning to school. Here is a note from WCM Director Ruth Kittner about the program this year:
Hi all, Kerry at Kelly has said that they do need the backpacks and school supplies and hygiene kits. Regardless of how classes are run this year, kids will need these things to keep their stuff together. There are about 560 kids. I usually order the bags and kits separately, but given that there won’t be any assembly space or community assembly, I can order everything pre-assembled. Our budget for this is $2,500, so I’m going ahead and doing this. I’d like to add another $650 for wholesale hand sanitizer. It’s still hard (impossible?) to buy in regular stores. I hope the Board will approve this additional expense. For those of you with Congregations who want to collect hygiene items, Combs/brushes, tooth brushes (individual, and for little kids), tooth paste, soap, hand soap, wash clothes, hand towels, hair ornaments, small tissue packets, shampoo and conditioner (small and large bottles), hand and/or body lotion. There is also always a need for socks and underwear. Boys sizes 6-14 Girls sizes 4-16 “Socks child sizes: Toddler size L, Child size S-L Ankle socks, crew socks. Cotton or cotton blend is best.
If you would like to participate by providing some of the needed items or a donation to help pay for the backpacks, please bring hygiene items to the side entry hall of the church or directly to WCM, 702 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15221. Check donations may be sent to FPCE marked “Backpacks.”