Church awards over $500,000 in back-to-school drive
The Emmanuel Apostolic Church in Portmore hosted its annual back-to-school treat last Friday. The event catered for children from the Newlands and Naggo Head communities as well as students who attend the church.
Youth chairman, Minister Nicholas Matthews, was grateful that the event was such a success this year, stating that over $500,000 in scholarships and school supplies had been given to students.
"We distributed over 200 stationery packages, more than 300 bags with school supplies and snacks, textbooks and notebooks, as well as 13 scholarships," he stated.
The church raised $500,000 in funds for the event and secured several sponsorships in cash and kind.
Sponsors of the event included the Jamaica Biscuit Company, Spectrum insurance Brokers, SOL Petroleum Ltd, Wisynco Group Ltd, T. Geddes Group Ltd, Bourne Gordon Bookstore, Norman Manley International Airport, Jamaica Money Market Brokers Ltd, Facey Commodity Ltd, and Member of Parliament Alando Terrelonge.
Bishop Everton Thomas, who pastors the church, stated that the event is an annual outreach programme of the ministry, which has significant impact on the surrounding communities.
"There is no telling what impact this level of philanthropy will have on the lives of our youth. We hope to keep making the event a success and see it grow annually. As a church, we not only seek to disciple individuals but also to provide welfare needs and guidance for wholesome development," Thomas explained.
He added that far too many persons have a view that nothing significant is being done by "the Church" and was pleased that something positive was being done to improve and impact lives within Portmore.