It’s back to school month for many area families, and the burden of buying school clothes and supplies is too much for many. Pastor Tim Roth with Cornerstone United Methodist Church announced that Cornerstone will once again be working with Second Presbyterian to offer some assistance during this financially stressful time.
The Second Annual Hopefest is returning to offer some “hope” to families community-wide. Cornerstone and Second Presbyterian are once again teaming up to offering this event that outreached to approximately 1,000 people last year.
“This will be a great day for children in this are as we will offer free haircuts, shoes, school supplies, hygiene items, t-shirts, games, food and more,” Roth stated. “A new addition this year is the Ohio University Mobile Health Unit which will be offering back to school immunizations.”
With the addition of the mobile health unit, Hopefest aims to offer assistance with any and all back-to-school concerns. Attendees are encouraged to bring their shot records if interested.
“Cornerstone and Second Presbyterian are offering this event because back to school items can be expensive, especially for families with multiple children, and we want to do our part to better our children’s educations,” Roth commented. “We are also excited to be partnering with Samaritan’s Feet this year to offer shoes. A new pair of shoes can be a tangible foundation of hope to a person in need.”
The Second Annual Hopefest will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 19th at the Clark Athletic Complex (old gym) by Portsmouth High School. For a look into last year’s festivities, visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/cornerstone.portsmouth/videos/?ref=page_internal or check out Cornerstone Portsmouth on Facebook.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.