Every year People To People Ministries conducts three special projects, two of which are directed toward children in need.
Back to School Project:
Held in August of each year, the Back to School Project attempts to outfit children for school, recognizing that doing so is very expensive for low-income families on a tight or non-existent budget. We provide each child with new shoes, new underwear, new socks, basic school supplies, and if possible, three outfits of good used clothing, including winter coats, if available. Each year approximately 850 children participate in this project, and are assisted by close to 300 volunteers.
Families who need food assistance, and qualify for this project, receive a turkey with all the fixings for their Thanksgiving meal (one which they must cook themselves). Each November we provide dinners to over 400 families, thanks to the many food drives held on the ministry’s behalf.
Christmas Toy Project:
For families who qualify, the Toy Project allows low-income parents to choose a number of gifts (ranging from $30 in value to stocking stuffers) for each of their children. Our Christmas Toy Committee works year round refurbishing, repairing, and cleaning donated used toys and distributes those, with the many new toys the ministry receives.
This project requires close to 400 volunteers to operate smoothly. Each December we provide toys for over 1,000 Wayne County children.