Written by Tanya Terry
From 3-6 p.m. Sunday, September 12, Bountiful Love Church presents the Back to School Giveway. Current Detroit Pistons Players Josh Jackson and Saben Lee will be signing basketballs, taking photos, giving away 100 basketballs and assisting with giving tickets so each student present can get book bags. Vaccine opportunities are also going to be available. Photo opportunities will also be available with the Detroit Pistons mascot, Hooper and Pistons cheerleaders.
“As a church body, we’re excited to host this event,” said Tanisha Jones, first lady of Bountiful Love Church.
Jones said the event will give various people throughout the community a chance to show their gifts and to display or highlight their business or their passion.
The Josh Jackson Foundation is one of the event’s sponsors, along with Lee.
Sponsors helped purchase materials and supplies, including book bags, which will be given away with the school supplies in them. They also helped pay for the cost of a bounce house for the children.
The book bags that will be given away will be very sturdy ones, according to Jones. Since Hurley Medical Center is one of the vendors to be at the event, they will providing water bottles for the book bags. Inside the book bags will also be regular pencils, mechanical pencils, a pencil case, ink pens, highlighters, colored pencils, crayons, notebooks, folders, pencil sharpeners, erasers, tissues and PPE, including face masks and hand sanitizer.
There will be eight to ten vendors, who were provided space free of charge and only asked to make a donation to the church. Some of these donations will fund a Trunk or Treat event and a movie night in the back of the church building, in order to provide a place of safe refuge for all city residents and visitors.
Any of the three vaccines will be provided in a secure location by a qualified professional. This is a coordinated effort by The Genesee Health System along with Michigan United and the Genesee County Health Department
Hot dogs, individual water, slushies, popcorn will all be given to event attendees free of charge. Sunday dinners will be available for a fee.
“We have a wonderful DJ that will be playing some great gospel music, and we have performances throughout the day taking place,” Jones said.
Performers will include Master of Ceremony Andrea McGee, Felica McGee performing spoken word, the Cathedral of Faith Kingdom Bound Dance Ministry, Anthony Feimster and Shanta Smith.
Jones said statistically in the zip code of Bountiful Love, people tend to have a high rate of kidney failure and hypertension, which she said adds to the church’s sense of responsibility to provide resources to the community.