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Life Changing Ministries Hosts Back-2-School Giveaway

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By Ashley Jones –

An overwhelming number of community participants received free backpacks, school supplies and shoes during Life Changing Ministries’ “Operation Back- 2-School” community outreach event. The event was held Sunday, August 22, 2010 on the church premises in San Bernardino. The program offered face painting, games for children and information booths focused on promoting healthy eating habits, physical awareness and personal care.

Attendees of this year’s event also had the benefit of participating in free dental screening provided by the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Participants were given a free toothbrush and toothpaste and were provided information on dental health.

Senior Pastor and Founder of Life Changing Ministries Dr. Reginald L. Woods said the overall goal of this year’s event was to help meet the needs of people in the community.

He said, “God loves and reaches out, and we His people should reach out. It is important because people have needs. God meets needs through people and He meets needs through the church. It’s important that we are able to be that vehicle that God can use to meet the needs of people.”

Dr. Woods said his goal is to continue to tangibly bless and help people in our community.

“The Bible talks about love being demonstrated, the love that is not displayed by action is no good. We wanted to be able to do something that shows love in action. We realize that there are people who need to hear from God, receive love and know that the church cares. We are very happy to be available and hope we can be available in the future to help families that need help,” said Dr. Woods.

San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry, supporter of Life Changing Ministries said, “Life Changing Ministries has been a partner in this community for 25 years and has done an outstanding job maintaining their facilities, providing services such as daycare and after school programs, and even the park that they provide the community just north of here. This program where they pass out backpacks to young people as they are starting school is just a great opportunity for us and something that should be celebrated. I would hope more people would follow their lead.”

Resident of San Bernardino County Shavonne Richardson said she found the event to be very beneficial. Richardson said, “This program has helped me out tremendously because I just moved to the area. I was lacking on my needs as far as my four kids and the church was able to provide nice things. It came from God. When all else fails, God’s got your back and this is how He helped me.”

San Bernardino resident Pauline Dett brought several of her family members to enjoy the event. She said the program helped her because it met her needs and she appreciated the church providing new sneakers to her grandson.

The sponsors for this year’s Operation Back-2-School were the members of Life Changing Ministries, Target, Walmart, Remax Champions, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Samaritan’s Feet, and the Kids Foundation. To learn more about Life Changing Ministries, please contact the church at (909) 882-2337 or visit the church’s web site at www.lifecm.org.

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