I was pleased to read the article about the Augusta Elks’ school supplies giveaway (“Hundreds come to Augusta Elks Lodge on Saturday for school supplies, dwarfing expectations,” Aug. 26).

On Aug. 12, Tabitha’s Closet, a ministry of the Winthrop United Methodist Church, held its 10th annual school supplies giveaway. New backpacks, pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, crayons, scissors, spiral notebooks, binders, filler paper, staplers, calculators, glue sicks, erasers, tissues, toothbrushes and toothpaste were provided to 170 students from 17 different communities. This event is wholly funded and organized by incredibly generous donors and volunteers from the church and the Winthrop community. In addition to the school supplies giveaway, Tabitha’s Closet offers a Christmas giveaway and a free clothing ministry that operates year-round.

Whether it be a food pantry, hot meals kitchen, pet food pantry, or events such as those cited above, we are all truly fortunate to live in communities that reach out to others in such concrete and meaningful ways.

Barbara Hamblin


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