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Calvary to hand out school supplies to Vail Valley kids

Hillary Birch
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The onset of the new school year finds some Vail Valley parents in a financial predicament, which has prompted Nate Morris, assistant pastor of the Calvary Chapel in Edwards, to try and help.

The Chapel, which recently moved to a permanent home in old Gracious Savior Lutheran Church on Highway 6, will hold its first annual “Backpack Outreach” on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The goal is to provide school supplies to the children of underemployed families.

“We hope to provide hope to our community by meeting the needs of the children, while simultaneously allowing their parents to save money for essential expenses” said Morris.

Each pack will contain many of the necessary items for the school year, and will only be available to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The backpacks will be handed out on a “first come, first serve basis,” added Morris.

Additionally, on the day of the outreach there will be a free lunch provided along with games, and a blow up bouncy castle.

Fliers advertising the event have been posted in local areas but, “we’re still looking for donations from the community in order to provide more children with supplies” he said.

If you’d like to sponsor a backpack you can donate $20 (which is tax deductible) to the Chapel and they will arrange all of the items.

This outreach was modeled after missionaries in Denver that have run similar programs successfully over the past several years.

“In such difficult financial times, providing something as basic as a backpack and school supplies can be a challenge for families,” said Morris.

With winter gradually approaching the necessity to conserve money is escalating, but thanks in part to the Calvary Chapel and local supporters these difficult times can be made a little easier.

For more information, call 970-748-1103 or visit

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