As families and children all across the Metro Atlanta area prepare to go back to school, The Salvation Army in Lawrenceville hosted their annual Back to School event on Wednesday, August 3, 2011. More than 700 people lined up to enter the Lawrenceville Corps Community Center where an indoor carnival was waiting with various activities for children of all ages to help kick-off the new school year.
With so many families struggling to pay their bills and keep food on the table, the extra expense of purchasing school supplies can be quite challenging. Thanks to community partners, Perimeter Church and Infinity of Gwinnett, The Salvation Army distributed 475 backpacks filled with school supplies to help relieve that burden. After receiving their backpacks the children were able to move from station to station to enjoy school themed arts and crafts, face painting, Bible story time, balloon animals and topped off the carnival experience with hot dogs and chips. Men, women, boys and girls walked out with smiles on their faces and feeling more prepared for the upcoming school year. Captain Cameron Henderson, Corps Officer in Lawrenceville, stated, “I saw people enjoying themselves at The Salvation Army. I saw about 110 people hear a Gospel message. I saw some of God’s people given a chance to enjoy serving Him and those He cares about. They were part of Doing The Most Good today!”