Back to School Bash set for this Saturday in New Boston
A New Boston pastor and his wife are making big plans for the 2nd Annual West Bowie County Back to School Bash on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 11am to 2pm at Plentiful Harvest Church on 500 N. Merrill Street in New Boston. Plentiful Harvest Pastor Robert Little and his wife Beth began this event last year, after realizing the need for a school supply/backpack program for school children in our area. “We felt there was a need for backpacks,” said Little. “There is always a need for school supplies and such, and there are always a number of programs in our area to meet these needs, but they are all out of Texarkana. Our focus is on the kids here in West Bowie County.”
Along with backpacks and school supplies, other practical back-to-school needs will be met at the event, and everything is free of charge. Barbers will be on hand giving haircuts, a local dentist will be passing out toothbrushes and toothpaste, and God’s Closet will be open for those wishing to find gently used back-to-school clothing. There will be a festival-type atmosphere with games, face painting, clowns, and much more.
However, Pastor Robert Little has worked diligently to ensure that this event is not just about the freebies. He has invited and encouraged any church or community organization that engages children in any manner to come and bring games, activities, and provide information about their services. He has commitments from scout groups, the FBC Beach Club, CCU, and New Boston Queens Court. First responders from multiple agencies will be there to greet children and show off emergency vehicles. The New Boston Volunteer Fire Department will serve food. “We want to create an environment where the kids can come in, have some fun, and get a sense of community,” Little said. “We would just love for a child to come out and see a sheriff or a corrections officer and say ‘That’s what I want to be when I grow up,’ or to see our Fire Chief Debra Atkinson and say ‘Wow, I could be a fire chief too.’ We want them to see Chief Garry McCrary in his cowboy hat and know that these people are here to help them and here for them to look up to. But most of all, we want to put some unity back in the community.”
There were 260 area children who received backpacks last year. This year the Littles have worked with the Bowie County Child Welfare Board and Kairos Prison Ministry to obtain many of the supplies, and hope to surpass that number. There are no qualifications or income requirements for eligibility. “We never turn anyone away,” said Little.
Any group who wishes to participate may still contact Robert Little for more information at 870.571.6139.