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Block party was success

To the Journal editor:

Getting ready for back to school can be trying under “normal” circumstances and I’m sure we can all agree that 2020 has been anything but normal. With parents facing the decision of in-person or virtual school for their children, the financial burden of purchasing backpacks and school supplies only adds to what is already a stressful time.

Thankfully with the ability to pivot and adjust, the annual Silver Creek Neighborhood Block Party was still able to take place. By shifting this community outreach to a drive-thru event, families were given the opportunity to receive back-to-school items for their children.

With the support of 75 volunteers putting in over 450 hours of service, Silver Creek Church was able to provide 636 children with new backpacks, school supplies and hygiene kits. Each child also received a voucher for three outfits courtesy of Silver Creek Thrift!

We are so very grateful to the sponsors and supporters whose donations helped us make this community outreach possible. We would like to thank Breakfast Rotary, Community Foundation of Marquette County, Look Realty, Lutey’s Heritage Motors, Marquette Rotary, McDonald’s of Harvey, North Country Disposal, TOPS, and Zonta.

Soap, tissue and hand sanitizer were given to each child through a grant from the COVID Community Response Fund. Families also received face coverings and some children received Bomba socks thanks to the United Way of Marquette County.

This year’s Block Party was clearly anything but “normal” but we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome and community support. Whether donations came in the form of backpacks or school supplies, time, or dollars, every moment and dollar donated helped children and their families prepare for a school year that will surely be like no other!

Thank you to everyone who participated in making this year’s Silver Creek Neighborhood Block Party a reality. We appreciate each of you!

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