Two rows of vintage cars filled the Praise Chapel parking lot last Saturday as hundreds of families gathered for its annual car show and backpack giveaway. Around 90% of those families were families that we serve through our We’ve Got Your Back program. Two weeks ago, Praise Chapel contacted our organization asking if we had any families who would want backpacks and back-to-school supplies for the upcoming school year. In a heartbeat, we formed a partnership that has now provided over 100 of our students with school supplies. Our families were also treated to brand new Nike shoes, face painting, and free haircuts by Cali Style Barbershop.
WGYB Administrative Coordinator Elia Perez explained, “As a mother, I know how difficult and stressful it can be to prepare your children to go back to school when you have little to no money. To have all those amazing services in one event is such an incredible blessing. They brightened up the first day of school for so many kids who are going to walk into their classroom with so much confidence and pride.”
That day, Praise Chapel provided our families with more than just physical gifts – they provided our families with a glimpse of Christ’s love and a clear reminder that there are people out there who are running alongside them in their race to financial independence.