St. Luke's Episcopal Church To Know God and Make God Known
(772) 286-5455
St Luke’s Episcopal Church
Back to School Backpack Event 2017 marks our 13th year of the “Back to School Event” which began in 2005 with the distribution of 10 backpacks to neighborhood children who were without school supplies for the school year. This year our annual event will be held on August 5, 2017. We hope to give away 500 filled backpacks and are currently raising money for a collared shirt for each child (collared shirts are required uniform for all Martin County students). On the first Saturday of August, the lines begin forming before the volunteers arrive. In 2016 more than 500 students and their family members attended the event. Before the doors opened at 8 am, the parking lot was filled with anxious children who awaited their surprises. Refreshments were available and the crowd was directed to our Church building for a seat, and some shade. In the past, we have had to turn children away to the heartbreak of the volunteers as our supply of backpacks was gone. There are several elementary and middle schools within a 2.5 mile radius. Some rank among the top 10 in the county for the highest rates of free and reduced price lunches. These children are our targets. Contents of the backpacks are determined from a list of needed supplies that the school sends out for each grade. The majority of children from low income families in this area will not be going to school with these items. It is our hope that we can at least send some of them ready and prepared to enter their classroom. Each backpack has a value of about $20. Our “Sponsor A Child” program collects donations of $20 from January to July from anyone willing to give. The sponsors of this program include: St Luke’s, Walgreens, Episcopal Charities of Southeast Florida and several local dentists. Without our donors this program would not be possible. If you wish to make a donation, make checks payable to: “St. Luke’s Episcopal Church” and note in the memo area: “Back to School Event”. Also provided in addition to the backpacks: free haircuts, information on safety from the police and fire departments, dental supplies, an age appropriate book to read, socks and some snacks. Our thrift store also participates with a major sale event. For more information on the “Back to School Event”, donations or volunteering you may call St. Luke’s at 772-286-5455 or Vicki Zambardino 772-221-8345.
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OFFICE HOURS: Monday -Friday 9am to noon CLOSED Wednesdays St. Luke's Episcopal Church 5150 SE Railway Ave. Stuart, FL 34997 (772) 286-5455 SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES: 8:00am (quiet structured service) 9:00am (contemporary service) 10:00am (structured service) Child care is available for infants and children under 4 throughout the year in the Christian Ed. building, right next to the Church.