August 27, 2013

CWS School Kits Aid Missouri Children in Flood-battered County

School children with their new CWS School Kits
School children with their new CWS School Kits, received at a distribution hosted by the Full Gospel Church in East Prairie, Mo. They are residents of Mississippi County, which is still struggling to recover following the 2011 Mississippi River levee breach that put one quarter of the county under water. Thanks to CWS, all children in the county have access to the supplies they need as school starts. Photo: Courtesy East Prairie, Mo., Chamber of Commerce

Many people in Mississippi County, Mo., are struggling with both economic hardship and the aftermath of disaster – in their case, the May 2011 Mississippi River levee breach that put one quarter of the county under water and robbed many residents of their homes and jobs. 

CWS responded to requests from the East Prairie, Mo., Chamber of Commerce for CWS School Kits, Baby Care Kits, Hygiene Kits and Blankets last year, and for CWS School Kits again this year.  This year’s shipment of 1,020 CWS School Kits means all children kindergarten through 12th grade in the county have the basics as they start school. Distribution points included the Charleston, Mo., Health Department; East Prairie Nutrition Center; the Full Gospel Church at its summer “His Arms Ministry,” and directly to schools.

Judy Gregory, RSVP Project Coordinator at the East Prairie, Mo., Chamber of Commerice, with children toting their new CWS School Kits.
Judy Gregory, RSVP Project Coordinator at the East Prairie, Mo., Chamber of Commerice, with children toting their new CWS School Kits. The kits were distributed at various sites (here: the Full Gospel Church) in Mississippi County, where residents are still struggling to recover following the 2011 Mississippi River levee breach. Photo: Courtesy East Prairie, Mo., Chamber of Commerce

“These past two years have been a struggle and set everyone back in their income,” said Judy Gregory, the Chamber’s RSVP Project Coordinator.  “Now more than 27 percent of the county’s 14,300 people live below the poverty level.  It’s a hardship on many of our families to supply clothing, much less school supplies for their children.”

“Families so appreciated the CWS School Kits last year that they came in earlier this summer to ask whether they could get them again,” she commented.  “And the teachers are really excited that all the children have the basics they need as they start school.  Even though we are still trying to get through recovering and rebuilding following the flooding, it is so much help for all our children to come to school with all the supplies they need to sit down and get to work.”

“We got all the CWS School Kits delivered before school started on August 19.  Without the help from CWS,” Gregory said, “many students would have entered their classrooms with empty hands.”


Editor’s note: CWS has immediate need of CWS Baby Care Kits and CWS Emergency Clean-Up Buckets for its response to pending requests and future emergencies. CWS also has continuing demand for its other material goods, including CWS Blankets, CWS Hygiene Kits and CWS School Kits. Information on various kits that may be compiled and donated to CWS may be found at www.cwsglobal.og/get-involved/kits.