DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Miami Valley organization, typically focused on helping people with addictions and mental health issues, is making sure students are ready to go back to school.
For more than a decade, the Dayton Fellowship Club, a nonprofit organization that helps recovering addicts, has helped send students back to class.
On Friday, August 13, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Dayton Fellowship Club will host a free community picnic and a distribution of school supplies at McIntosh Park. It’s the 14th year of the event and it’s even more critical with more and more schools returning in person.
“Due to the pandemic, families were at home and out of work, so we want to make sure all children get the items they need for their school,” says Shirley Quinn, member of the Community Action Board of Dayton. Fellowship club.
“It lets them see that the community is there for them, even in these times of COVID,” says Alan Walder, founding member and community outreach of the Dayton Fellowship Club.
Sponsors and community members donated the supplies.
“It’s such a gratifying feeling and it’s gratifying to see the expression on their faces,” Quinn smiles. “I do a lot of service work and a lot of volunteer work in the community, so my passion is to be of service to God and to others and I have been doing this for years. It’s something I love to do – help others.
The free gift isn’t just about supplies.
“There will be a COVID-19 van over there if anyone wants to get the vaccine. Voter registration, non-partisan if you wish to register to vote. The sheriff, the police of Dayton will be there to give stuff, so that we can have better relations with the police force, enumerates Walder.
More than that, they hope it serves as a lesson before the students even set foot in the classroom.
“We have to teach them not by what we say, but by our actions,” says Walder. “I hope that as they grow up, they will give the spirit of service to others. “