The Helping Hands Storefront Ministry in Leesville seeks to provide children with the supplies they need to get the school year off to a good start.

Every August parents are subjected to the high cost of school supplies, and some just cannot afford it. Modie Phillips, Helping Hands Director, said, “We typically have anywhere between 200-225 kids registered every year.”

Phillips has been the Director of Helping Hands since the organization was started in 1992. Helping Hands has been giving school supplies to students in need since 1993. Phillips said, “In the early days, we were only able to supply students with pencils, paper, and very basic supplies. Now, we are able to cover the majority of school supplies that students need to start school.”

This year, Helping Hands will give registered students a backpack donated by Walgreen’s. All of the other school supplies that will be distributed come from Wal-Mart.

Volunteers from Old Anacoco Baptist Church and Leesville First Baptist Church will help fill the bags the day before the event. “We are estimating around 40 total volunteers from both churches helping us out this year. We are very blessed to have their help,” said Phillips. “We are a Christian mission. So that means we will also be giving out a free Gideon Bible with each bag of supplies. I believe it is important for the kids to hear the word of Jesus.” 

The Helping Hands school supply giveaway will be held on August 3 at the Helping Hands Storefront Ministry from 10 a.m. - noon. Registration for the event was held throughout the month of July.

Donations to Helping Hands Storefront ministry can be dropped off at their location on 518 South 3rd St. in Leesville, or can be mailed to P.O. Box 1205 Leesville, LA 71446. For more information call 337-238-3832.