Church gives away 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies

Published: Aug. 4, 2018 at 7:01 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- One local church is making sure kids in our community can head back to school with all the supplies they need to be successful.

Empowering Word Christian Center held its 6th annual back to school extravaganza event Saturday where 1,000 free backpacks were given away. Each backpack was filled with school supplies and a Chick-Fil-A gift card. The extravaganza also included face painting, a photo booth, free food and bowling. Empowering Word says it wants to invest in the kids in our community and get them excited for school.

"It's been something in our heart as a church to make sure that we provide kids the tools that they need to go back to school. We believe that with that they'll be able to really be engaged and really allow themselves to flourish and blossom in a way that they can,” said pastor at Empowering Word Christian Center Alvin White.

Those who attended Saturday's extravaganza had the chance to enter a drawing to win a free tablet. Empowering Word will be giving out 50 Amazon 7 tablets at its Sunday morning service.

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