We are nearing the middle of summer vacation, so you may have started seeing school supplies in store aisles! Yes, it’s that time again! For the past several years, St. Mary's has partnered with FOCUS to provide completed backpacks for children in need in our local area. FOCUS is one of the best run charities in the country, using all donations for worthy causes with minimal overhead costs.
This year we are again donating directly to Mason Crest Elementary, which is a Title I School in Annandale. We have been working with the staff at the school to identify the most needed items this upcoming year. We will get the backpacks from FOCUS and shop for school supplies once we have received donations.
A $25 donation is equal to one complete backpack. Last year, we collected over $2,000 and were able to provide 75 backpacks!
To make a donation:
- Mail a check to the church, payable to St Mary, with FOCUS written on the memo line.
- Contribute in Realm and indicate that it is for FOCUS.
- Contribute on Paypal and indicate in the notes area that it is for FOCUS.
- If you attend services at church, put the donation in the collection plate, payable to St. Mary's, with FOCUS written on the memo line. You may also use an envelope for cash and put your name and FOCUS on the sealed envelope.
Please note that our deadline is August 5.
Thank you for supporting this project!
If you are interested in helping with backpacks beyond donating money or have questions, please contact me on Realm.
— Ellen R., Treasurer