Volunteers ranging from student age though older adults will join forces at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, at Big Walnut Friends Who Share’s 15th Annual Brett’s Book Bag Stuffing at Condit Presbyterian Church.
Volunteers will stuff student book bags with school supplies needed for the approaching school year as part of the Brett Stelzer Book Bag Project, a Big Walnut Friends Who Share Back-To-School Project that furnishes school supplies to Big Walnut families in need.
The Back To School project has been in existence for as long as Friends Who Share has been around. Mark and Gloria Stelzer, who lost their son Brett to an accident on Valentine’s Day, 2004, started the Brett Stelzer Book Bag Project. Brett would have been a member of the Big Walnut High School Class of 2007.
Gloria Stelzer said last year over 70 people volunteered their time to stuff 122 book bags purchased in Brett’s memory. Book bags are provided at cost by Learning Express.
“This is a great way to help our area kids in need, at the same time teach our younger family members the importance of serving others,” Stelzer said. “And remember, the more helping hands that we have stuffing the bags, the sooner the task is completed.”
On-going contributions for school supplies and book bag purchases can be made in Brett’s memory. Anyone wishing to donate to Friends Who Share in Brett’s memory can send a check to Big Walnut Friends Who Share and earmark the check for purchasing bags and supplies in Brett’s Memory.
Big Walnut Friends Who Share is eastern Delaware County’s grass-roots, all-volunteer social service agency, providing a host of other services to Big Walnut area families throughout the year, including food assistance, clothing, furniture, kitchen appliances — anything needed in a household.
For assistance, to volunteer, to donate needed items, or to make a financial contribution to Friends Who Share projects, call 740-965-9596. Cash donations may be sent to Big Walnut Friends Who Share, P.O. Box 424, Sunbury, 43074.
The Big Walnut Friends Who Share Store is located at 14440 E. State Route 37 (Vans Valley Church) east of Sunbury.
The Friends Who Share Store and Food Pantry is open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; and for Senior Citizens Only on the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. until noon.
For more information, visit bigwalnutfriendswhoshare.org
Information for this story was provided by Lenny Lepola.