LOGAN — Although Christmas is more than four months away; several organizations around the county are in the spirit of giving.
Logan Police Officer Dan Campbell already has the holiday spirit and it came through as he distributed backpacks filled with school supplies to students at Logan High School Tuesday afternoon.
Armed with over 100 backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils, tablets and everything else needed by students to start the new school year out, Campbell set up camp on the school grounds to distribute the supplies.
According to Campbell, the Logan Police Department’s Shop With a Cop program and Victory Hill Church in Carroll made this event possible.
“We were able to get a great deal on the supplies so we were able to help at least 110 kids with their back-to-school supply lists,” he said.
This is the second year for the giveaway; last year Campbell went door-to-door knocking on doors in different areas to distribute backpacks to kids. Campbell is hoping to have another giveaway sometime this week if funding is available for the supplies.
“It just depends on how much money we have every year on how much we can do,” Campbell continued. Knowing there was a need to help families during this time, Campbell said he took some money left over from Shop With A Cop and a little from money raised this year to help purchase the supplies.
“I’d love to do this every year in addition to our Christmas program and make it a yearly event,” he continued.
With Christmas just around the corner, Campbell wants to remind families that applications for Shop With A Cop will be available beginning in September at the Logan Police Department.
Organized by Campbell, Shop With A Cop has helped hundreds of local children throughout the years by making sure that their Christmas is bright and cheery.
Shop With A Cop is made possible because of the men and women who protect our community, streets, highways and lives — who give up their own time to volunteer to shop with kids in Hocking County they don’t even know just to make sure their Christmas is a bright and merry celebration.
One day each Christmas season, these volunteers open their hearts — and in some instances their own wallets — to make sure these kids are not left out and can enjoy the holiday to the fullest.
“It’s amazing,” said Campbell. “It’s overwhelming to see how the community comes together to help families with children during the holiday season. The look on these kids’ faces is enough to melt your heart and it makes it all worth it.”
In addition to LPD’s generosity of supplying students with new backpacks for the new school year, other organizations throughout the county are stepping up to do the same in their own way.
On Saturday in Laurelville, there will be a fundraising event to help fill 100 backpacks for children in that part of the county. According to Tammy Smith, there will be a Back to School event at the Church of God shelter house on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
There will be a lot of activities going on including a bounce house, carnival games, crafts and a visit from Spiderman. First responders from the area will also be stopping by with their vehicles.
Smith said she is hoping to raise at least $500 from the event to be able to accommodate children in the area with their back-to-school needs.
There will be a craft/vendor show, silent auction, food and more for those attending the event.
“This is our first year, and we’re hoping that it becomes an annual event,” Smith said. “The event was created to help the small community of Laurelville. Our main goal is to help the families of Laurelville who need it the most.
“We have received a lot of support for this event and expect it to be a great turnout,” she added.
Be sure to bring the kids out Saturday to the Laurelville Church of God, 16457 state Route 56 for a fun-filled day of fun for all.
Also on Saturday, Out of the Boat Ministries will be distributing backpacks, school supplies, and shoes to those in need for the upcoming school year. Free backpacks and school supplies for local children kindergarten through 12th grade will be provided while supplies last.
In order to receive the back-to-school items, the kids must be present.
The shoes will be provided in partnership with Out of the Boat Ministries and Samaritans Feet International. There will be 175 pairs of shoes of all sizes distributed during Saturday, Move the Hills event.
According to Pastor Steve Hubbard, of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, church members will be assisting with Move the Hills event, and are giving throughout the school year with baskets of supplies for Logan-Hocking School teachers.
There will also be free dental hygiene bags distributed; and an onsite Red Cross blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Following the back-to-school giveaway event, Out of the Boat Ministries will host the fifth annual Move the Hills event in Downtown Logan. Although this is a free event, donations will be accepted. The free concert will begin at 4 p.m.
According to Logan-Hocking School District Registrar Keri Kunkler, other agencies stepping up to provide the school district with school supplies include Hocking Valley Community Hospital and the local EPA office.
Hocking Valley Community Hospital is collecting pens, pencils, crayons, folders, one-inch binders, notebooks, notebook paper, and high school age appropriate book bags for the school district. Supplies will be collected until next week and anyone in the community can donate to the cause at the HVCH human resources office.
The supplies will be delivered to the school district office and they will distribute throughout the schools.
The Logan Daily News reached out to the local EPA office, but was unable to connect with them.