Donated backpacks at Nicolet Middle School in 2018 await distribution.

It was just a month ago that we bid the seniors goodbye and welcomed in a new group of students.

They are ready and eager to learn, but some of the students are financially challenged and will not have the proper supplies to start school.

Faith in Action, a group of pastors who are looking to aid students in need, is ready to fill the need with backpacks and school supplies.

On July 25 from 5 to 8 p.m., they will be distributing backpacks and school supplies at a health fair at Repplier Park.

There is no cost, but the group is asking for your help in supplying the needed school supplies for the backpacks.

The needed items include 3-inch notebooks, crayons, college rule and wide rule paper, pens, pencils, highlighters, index cards, pencil pouches, rulers, scissors and science calculators. The supplies can be dropped off at Johnny Russo’s, The Haven, the Banning community center, or city hall. The goal is to outfit 1,000 backpacks and distribute them to students.

The Giveaway will be on July 25 from 5 to 8 p.m.

There will be no charge for the health fair, but every student will need to be accompanied by an adult.

The health fair will have several booths such as Loma Linda Medical Center, San Gorgonio Hospital, Inland Behavioral Center, Zumba dancing and lots more. The students who complete the health fair will be able to compete in a drawing for bikes and other gift items such as a tablet and gift baskets.

This is the 11th year that Faith in Action (FIA) has given out the backpacks.

They started with the question of what they could do that would help the community the most and decided to assist the youth with their education. The idea of a fundraiser cops vs. Clergy basketball game was decided upon.

The Clergy recently fell to the Cops in a very close game. Churches throughout the Pass area participated, and 125 backpacks were filled.

The number of backpacks grew as the need has grown. Now the goal is to fill 1,000 backpacks.

Credit goes out to those who have already donated such as ProLine Racing, IBEW Local 47, The San Gorgonio Pass Rotary Club, Calvary Christian Church, Bank of Hemet, the Morongo Band of Missian Indians and Zenner Performance Meters, to name a few.

The public is invited for refreshments and to enjoy the health fair. For information on how to contribute or volunteer to stuff the backpacks, please text (951) 990-2721 for further information.


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