DAVID – The start of another school year is right around the corner. Floyd County students will board buses for the first day of school on Wednesday, Aug. 3. Back to school shopping has been tough on many Eastern Kentucky families this year as more and more layoffs seem are happening. In an effort to ease the burden on local families, several non-profit organizations have organized back to school events to celebrate the end of summer, the start of the school year and to hand out school supplies. St. Vincent Mission is among the non-profit organizations helping.
On Saturday, July 23. St. Vincent Mission held a family fun day in the David community. Approximately 60 kids and their families participated in the day’s activities. In addition to playing games, making crafts, and eating lunch, every student who attended was given a new backpack filled with school supplies. Directors say they were able to fill 90 backpacks with new school supplies thanks to the generous donations of various individuals and businesses.
“We try to hold events like family fun day twice a year. Children really seemed to enjoy the time they spent playing games and making crafts,” said Princess Lyons, Social Services Director for St. Vincent Mission.
St. Vincent Mission is a nonprofit Christian organization working in Appalachia to provide emergency assistance such as help with an unexpected car repair, loss of home to fire, rent, medical needs or increase utility cost to local citizens. They also run a food pantry and second hand store in addition to providing home repairs for families in eastern Kentucky. In 2015, 27 homes received repairs and or upgrades at a cost of almost $50,000 in materials.
St. Vincent Mission is located at 6969 Highway 404 in David. For more information on St. Vincent Mission, call 606-886-2513 or visit www.stvincentmission.org.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.