Last Saturday, a multigenerational group of 19 parishioners gathered in a Roseville warehouse ready to serve. The warehouse is the Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center. It contains school supplies that are made available to local teachers and kids in need. At the front end of the warehouse is a “store” where teachers from schools with high poverty rates can come to “shop” for supplies they need for their classroom and their students. Each teacher receives 100 free items each time they come. They are able to come once per semester.
We were led beyond the storefront to the rest of the warehouse. There, we separated into groups and learned our tasks for the morning. We had groups assembling marker and pen packages and other groups disassembling Cub bags and Yoobi boxes.
The work was active and made the morning go by quickly. In no time, we had taken apart all of the Cub bags and an entire pallet of boxes. All of the school supplies in the bags and boxes were sorted by category. The pens and markers were put into packages perfect for stocking the store.
We learned that Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center receives school supplies from many different places. They partner with places like Target, 3M, Elmer’s and Crayola. They receive bags from Cub Foods that have been purchased by customers to be donated. They also receive donations from other school supply drives in the area. They rely on volunteers to do the work of getting the supplies ready for the teachers.
When we were finished with our jobs, we listened to letters that were written by the children that received the school supplies. It was neat to hear how grateful they are to be receiving the supplies.
To learn more about Twin Cities Kids In Need Resources, visit their website at www.tckinrc.org