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First Baptist Switches to Drive-Thru Back 2 School Bash

Church Distributes Food and School Supplies

 

Last updated 9/3/2020 at 4:34pm

Volunteers distribute lunch and school supplies during drive-thru event

The pandemic forced some changes, but First Baptist Church of Lake Wales went forward with a modified Back 2 School Bash on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Children's Ministry Director Candice McKeon said each year around this time the church is polishing the final details for the church's Back to School Bash. Normally there are bounce houses, water slides, shaved ice and of course, food. Each year an estimated 50 families attend to celebrate the start of a new school year.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the church knew that our typical Back to School Bash was not an option. However, community outreach is important to First Baptist Church of Lake Wales.

"We always want it to be known that we are here for our families; helping with their needs and joining in with their celebrations," McKeon said. "So, what did we do? Back 2 School Bash Drive-Thru Style!"

The church organized an event that fed the community and provided school supplies for the children, and McKeon said it was a success.

The church handed out 250 hotdogs, 480 hamburgers and over 250 bags of school supplies. The event started at 11 a.m. and due to the community need, approximately 24 cars lined up at 10:30 a.m.

"We had families, in cars and on foot, city workers, police officers and a gentleman on a lawn mower," McKeon said. "It was great!"

Each car would drive through the free lunch area and then turn right to drive through the school supply line. Individuals from all areas of the church were cooking, bagging, directing, handing and just conversing with families as they drove through.

"COVID may have prevented the inflatables and shaved ice, but it did not stop our Heavenly Father using us as his hands and feet, reaching out to our community; and for this this we are so very thankful," McKeon said.

 

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