Due to the generous tithes and offerings from SonRise’s members, 342 local students within the Milford & Mariemont School Districts don’t have to go hungry on weekends. This generosity has led our Backpack Ministry to become the recipient of an excellent award from the Milford Miami Township Chamber of Commerce… but we’ll get to that shortly. If you’re unfamiliar with SonRise’s Backpack Ministry, let us provide a quick summary for you.
On Thursday evenings throughout the school year, volunteers from SonRise Church gather at our PEACE center, located in the old Milford shopping plaza. It is at SonRise’s PEACE center where volunteers are passionate about being the hands & feet of Christ to individuals in our community. During this gathering, 342 black plastic bags are each filled with 2 juice boxes, 2 snacks (cheese crackers or pretzels), Ramon noodles, box of Mac n cheese, pop tart, ravioli, and a fruit cup. The food items cost nearly $4,200 a month and are purchased through SonRise’s PEACE fund, thanks to the generosity of SonRise’s members. Filled bags are then loaded and delivered to the following schools:
- Boyd E. SmithElementary
- McCormick Elementary
- Meadowview Elementary
- Milford Junio High School
- Milford Preschool
- Mulberry elementary
- Pattison Elementary
- Charles Seipelt Elementary
On Friday afternoons, teachers place the food-filled bags into needy students’ backpacks. These bags then go home to families who are struggling to make ends meet. SonRise is passionate about meeting this extreme need that many people don’t realize exists.
Excitingly, word has spread around town about SonRise’s Backpack Ministry. Boy Scout & Girl Scout Troops, Live Oaks Career X-Program, Live Oaks ROTC and many other organizations frequently enjoy volunteering at our PEACE Center. Working together, our efforts have been recognized by Milford Miami Township Chamber of Commerce through their award of excellence.
On April 25th, Milford Miami Township Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2018 Dinner of Excellence. SonRise’s Backpack Ministry Coordinators, Randy & Robin Hill, were invited to represent SonRise’s Backpack Ministry. At this event, the Backpack Ministry was nominated for the 2018 Don & Jean Ackermann Business Partners in Education Award. This award is given annually to an organization who best enriches the lives of students and serves as an example to all. The Backpack Ministry was nominated for this award by Boyd E. Smith Elementary, Meadowview Elementary, Charles Seipelt Elementary, McCormick Elementary, and Pattison Elementary. We are thankful to announce that not only was SonRise nominated for this award, but SonRise won the 2018 Don & Jean Ackermann Business Partners in Education Award.
A Milford Elementary spokes person expressed, “All of the elementary schools in the Milford Exempted Village School District would like to recognize SonRise Church, especially the Backpack Ministry Coordinators, Robin and Randy Hill, and sincerely thank them for introducing this much needed endeavor to the district. Milford Elementary School are proud and thankful to have SonRise Church being recognized as our Business Partner of the Year.”
To those who frequently give of their time, talents, and resources at SonRise Church we want to say THANK YOU! It is generous people like you who are making a difference in our community. Please be in prayer for SonRise’s Backpack Ministry and that it continues to make a mighty impact in our community. For additional information on SonRise’s Backpack Ministry, please click HERE.