Church collecting school supplies

The Rev. Scott Hamby

ELKINS — A local church has organized a school supply drive that will benefit any schools in need in Randolph County.

The Rev. Scott Hamby, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Elkins, has scheduled a supply drive for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church parking lot, located at 412 Randolph Ave.

Hamby said any type of school supplies will be accepted, including pencils, pens, notebooks, tape, tissues, glue, etc. — anything listed on a local school supply list.

“It’s all those basic supplies. We’ll collect everything on the supply lists,” he said.

The church also will accept donations during its normal office hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through the end of next week.

“As a church, we just know that the economic conditions in Randolph County, that there is going to be a need,” he said, noting many area families have a hard time affording basic school supplies.

He said he will work with the Randolph County Schools office to distribute donations to the schools and classes that need them the most.

Hamby said he is hoping for a large turnout, and plenty of volunteers will be able to direct traffic and assist with accepting the donations during Saturday’s supply drive.

He noted First Baptist Church is trying to reach out to the community in a variety of ways. For example, the church will set up a station at the Randolph County Fair to provide water and children’s activities, such as rock painting.

“We are going out to the fair just to interact with people … so we can interact with the community,” he said.

More information about the church and its supply drive is available by calling 304-636-3448.

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