Celebrating Our Red Bag Partners

June 26, 2017

On May 25, there was a special 5th grade graduation for students at Hamilton Elementary in Sanford, FL. Hamilton is our partner school that receives the food from our monthly Red Bag collection, and there are 35-40 Families In Transition (FIT) at the school that benefit from food to take home every weekend.

During the school year, a small group of 5th grade students are selected to help with the Red Bag program, and they take time out of their lunchtime on Friday afternoons to sort and pack backpacks for FIT children to take home with donated food. We really appreciate how the Red Bag program is giving these 5th graders an opportunity to be leaders in their community and to learn a spirit of servanthood.

In order to honor these 5th grade volunteers and commend their year-long service, we wanted to show Orangewood’s support by taking part in their 5th grade graduation and making it a special time for all the students.

Patti Rubio, who along with Beth Lu has been coordinating the Red Bag Campaign at Orangewood for several years, as well as Larry and Mary Shingler, bought decorations and cakes for the graduation lunch last week and helped out with the lunch.

A small group of 4th graders are chosen to serve the 5th grade students, and are sworn to secrecy that they won’t tell their classmates what happens so they are surprised the next year. These 4th graders also decorated placemats for the graduates with encouraging sayings.

We loved having a small part in honoring these 5th grade students and hope to continue to grow our relationship with Hamilton Elementary in the future. These students and teachers are serving others every day, and, as a church, we can help them by keeping their food pantry fully stocked through your Red Bag donations each month. Our love of Christ compels us to serve others and show them value and dignity by providing for their physical needs.

Here is a thank you note from one of the students from Hamilton Elementary whose families benefits from the Red Bag Campaign:

If you’d like to take part in the Red Bag Campaign, just pick up a red bag on the first Sunday of each month, fill it with groceries, and bring it back on the second Sunday. It’s that easy! Email Larry Shingler for more information or to get involved.

Matthew 25:35, 40 : “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”