SPRINGFIELD, Mo - For 23 years Victory Mission has been helping school children in Springfield with back to school supplies. This year, that financial need is high as many families search for jobs.
Saturday is the last day for parents to sign their kids up for school supplies from Victory Mission. Parents can sign up Wednesday and Friday at the second floor of the Victory Mission at 1715 N. Booneville Ave in Springfield.
They plan to help about 2500 kids and had just about half that many signed up as of yesterday which they say is normal. They expect to stay pretty busy from now until the distribution day on August 7th. "2500 is a lot of kids to help in a single day, it seems like everything happens at the same time but it takes a lot of planning to make sure everything falls into place," says Emily Yeap with Springfield's Victory Mission.
And a lot of extra hands. "We're going to be sorting shoes I think and we're going to price shoes," says volunteer Dayton Harber.
Harber's youth group came all the way from Oklahoma to help out. "Makes you feel helpful when you get to sort all that stuff for other people who need it," says Harber.
He's far from alone. "On setup day we have about 150 volunteers and on back to school bag day we have about 200-250 volunteers so that's about double or triple the numbers we have," says Yeap.
Volunteers aren't the only thing they could use more of, they need school supplies too. "Pens, pencils, paper, glue, crayons, erasers, things like that, but in addition to that we are also giving each child four pieces of gently used clothing," says Yeap.
If you'd like to help a kid out with some supplies but don't have time to stop by the Victory Mission, you can donate a dollar by buying one of these school busses at any Springfield Rapid Roberts, Christian Publishers Outlet, or the Golden Corral on Primrose and all the money they raise will help provide school supplies for local children.
"It takes Victory Mission about $80,000 to put this on; so far they've raised about 50% so there's still a ways to go with our event two weeks away," says Yeap.
Which means volunteers will be hard at work over the next two weeks, getting all those supplies organized. "It makes you feel grateful for what you have and you really gotta think about what you have before you start thinking about other people," says Harber.