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School supplies bring joy to teachers and church members

School supplies bring joy to teachers and church members

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Palm Harbor United Methodist Church had already made an annual mission of collecting supplies from the congregation for area Title 1 schools in low-income areas. 

This year, though, the need at Sandy Lane Elementary was greater than normal, and that’s when PHUMC member Faye Williams sprang into action to make sure that urgent need was met. 

Williams picked up the request from the school and made it her personal mission to make sure each item on the list was fulfilled. That meant gathering paper, composition notebooks, pencils, crayons, backpacks, folders and more, and then making sure they were delivered. 

The van was filled to the top with boxes and boxes of school supplies–and a surprise. 

After getting everything moved inside, Williams presented each teacher with individual whiteboards, erasers and a rainbow of dry erase markers. It was an emotional moment for many teachers, as they realized what a difference this act of kindness could make. 

But the church wasn’t finished being the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need. 

Jim Hudson, president of the church’s men’s group, told the teachers they would be supplied with individual earbuds for their learning centers. 

The reward for the church?

Claps, hugs and looks of pure joy from those who received the gifts.