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The Dan River Baptist Association School Supply Ministry is once again meeting the needs of many Halifax County children this year as a new school term prepares to get underway Monday.

Sponsors of last Tuesday evening’s National Night Out gave the ministry a real boost by donating a bountiful helping of school supplies that will be distributed throughout the school year.

The ministry, located at the Dan River Baptist Association Office in Dan River Baptist Church, is beginning its fifth year of distributing school supplies to foster children, Head Start and Halifax County students. 

What began as a one-day event with the DRBA’s 33 churches has evolved into a year-round ministry thanks to donations made by many area churches, law enforcement personnel, emergency service agencies, businesses, organizations and numerous individuals. 

Halifax County residents have experienced some difficult times in recent years with the lack of job opportunities, companies scaling back and farmers having to deal with crop changes. All of these trying times have placed burdens on families who are attempting to find money to purchase school supplies for their children.  

At one time or another, most all have experienced their paychecks just not being enough to cover all of their needs, and now the Dan River Baptist Association School Supply Ministry is available to help ease some of the burden for struggling parents and guardians readying their children to go back to school. 

Dot G. Carr, administrative coordinator of the Dan River Baptist Association, and school supply ministry volunteers once again this year are partnering with members of the Halifax County School Board, principals, teachers and central office staff to monitor the needs of county children and order school supplies as needed. 

School secretaries take responsibility for sending orders into the ministry, and a designated person picks up the supplies from the association office.  

Halifax County Social Services monitors the needs of children already receiving assistance from their agency and orders their supplies. Tri-County Community Action does the same for their students.  

Without these partnerships, the operations of this ministry would not be possible, according to the administrative coordinator. 

Dan River Baptist Church donates the use of their building to house the school supply ministry. Many association church members collect supplies or donate money on a regular basis, and Vickie Collie coordinates the ministry and organizes the distributions. 

 When it is all said and done, Carr gives thanks to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who continues to provide for the school supply’s ministry every need.

She expresses appreciation to all who have made contributions to the Dan River Baptist Association School Supply Ministry so that the needs of area students can continue to be met in a timely fashion. 

Remember schools will open Monday, so please slow down, watch for children and drive safely when approaching school zones. Kids don’t always look for you, so you must look for them. Let’s make this a safe school year for everyone.