Local church gives free backpacks, school supplies and haircuts to Edgemont students

Herma Redetzke (left) and Jill Kruetzer (right) of Bethel Church serving food and drinks at Back To School Fest.

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EDGEMONT— On Saturday, July 27, Bethel Church of Edgemont hosted its third annual Back To School Fest. Many people from the community showed up for the event making it the most well attended event in the church’s history. Students and families, from all different walks of life were able to “shop” for the upcoming school year.

Students were able to pick out their own backpack, and volunteers had school approved supply lists to assist families with picking out the right supplies for their students. Most of the backpacks and supplies were donated by those who attend Bethel Church Edgemont Campus, along with 60 backpacks also donated by Rural Compassion of Convoy of Hope.

Julie Wood, volunteer at Bethel Church helped hand out backpacks and said, “I’m so happy to be apart of the Bethel church and helping our community. That’s what it’s all about living in a small town. Just seeing those smiling faces picking out their backpacks and supplies. I even had one little girl give me some pretty leaves. Some gave me hugs and others just wanted to chat. That’s love in a small town!”

New to the Back To School Fest this year was the addition of free haircuts for students. Students made a donation of two non-perishable food items for the Edgemont Food Pantry and those who didn’t come prepared, Bethel Church made a donation for them. So no students were turned away from receiving a professional hair cut to start the school year.

Chelsea Carr of Polished Salon and Permanent Makeup in Hot Springs had a steady stream of clients from open to close of the event. Carr, who works at the salon which is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., gave up one of her busiest work days to serve the community.

“I am thankful to be apart of a church family that gives back. And able to provide a service not easily accessible to the Edgemont community,” Carr said of the event.

Fall River County Herald

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