Living Hope’s Back to School Event

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Living Hope back to school

Imagine being 14 years old. It’s your first day of high school. Your shoes are scuffed up, your clothes have a few stains on them, and your zipper doesn’t work on your backpack. High school kids are quick to pick up on their peer’s imperfections, and they aren’t shy about letting others know. First impressions are unbelievably important. After hearing many stories from those we serve, we decided to address this issue. We recognize self-esteem, self-confidence, and dignity, are important for early childhood development.

At Living Hope we love our neighbors and want to assist them in making the back to school season a little bit easier.

This summer, we are asking the community for 500 pairs of shoes, socks, underwear, and backpacks. In addition to this we’re also asking for 2,000 outfits, pens, and pencils, and 50 bike helmets. We will then set up a store like scenario where the items will be sold at bargain prices. For example, a $35 backpack will cost roughly $5. This dignity based event will also have $2 dollar haircuts and free bicycle safety education!

Living Hope Compassion Ministries recognizes it is important for parents to be able to give their children the necessary items to equip them for school. With the funds generated from the sale of the schools supplies, Living Hope Compassion Ministries will also employ parents that have additional needs during the back to school season. This model will allow financially struggling families to purchase school gear for their families, and at the same time provide other families with opportunities to work and earn money.

Living Hope Compassion Ministries is a positive change in this community. If you would like to partner with us, please contact Living Hope at: or 530-243-8066. For more information and details visit our website at:

The day of the event is Thursday, August 4th from noon until 5pm at Living Hope.1043 State Street Redding, California.


Living Hope: 1043 State Street, Redding CA 96001
Mon-Thurs 8am-Noon

Redding 1st Church of the Nazarene: 2225 Bechelli Lane
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm

The Stirring: 2250 Churn Creek Road
Sunday 8am-1pm
Tuesday-Fri 9am-4pm

Prime Source Mortgage: 1177 Hilltop Dr, Redding, CA 96003
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

-from press release
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1 Response

  1. Avatar K. Beck says:

    I seem to remember Mervyn’s having a special day for low income parents before it’s demise in 2008. They could bring their children in on a particular day and the children could pick out clothes, shoes, socks, under ware, etc., and school supplies. I think Mervyn’s donated the school supplies and clothing. I think the parents obtained vouchers from somewhere. Sorry, I don’t remember the details. I am wondering if there might be another store that would want to step up. Macy’s? Target? Kohl’s? TJ Max? Ross? There must be someone in Redding who knows how that worked and can co-ordinate with Living Hope? To some of us $5.00 doesn’t sound like much, but to others that is a LOT of money.

    And what about the cosmetology schools giving free hair cuts?