ST. PETERSBURG — Last Saturday, Aug. 15, C. C. Ministries, Community Empowerment Alliance (CEA) hosted a back-to-school backpack giveaway in the parking lot of the Enoch Davis Center. More than 240 backpacks with school supplies were distributed to aid children of the community in their return to school.
Some will return to the traditional classroom, and others will be seated at the dining room table in front of computers; however, they will all need basic school supplies in order to be successful.
Cynthia Coney, founder of CEA, said their goal is “to be a helping hand to the community by putting love into action,” and fulfilling some of those needs.
All volunteers at the drive-thru event wore masks, and social distancing was practiced. The children received backpacks, school supplies, Christian literature, coloring books and more. Many families stopped to express their sincere thanks for the help they received.
“It was such a blessing to be a blessing to so many,” said Coney. “As a ministry, we are just grateful to God for all the corporate sponsorship (funding and in-kind contributions) and volunteers who made this event possible because it is in their hearts to help others.
Families that arrived too late to receive a backpack received love, a free Glory Train coloring book and free ice pop.