The Norman Transcript

August 2, 2013

Church prepares for annual giveaway

By Shana Adkisson
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Members of Alameda Church of Christ and Streams of Water Ministry have been busily preparing for its ninth annual Back to School Roundup.

This year’s event will be from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 10 at the church, 801 E. Alameda St. Registration will begin at 9 a.m.

During the roundup, kids will receive backpacks full of school supplies and a free haircut by licensed cosmetologists.

With the devastation of May’s tornadoes still evident in the community, deacon John Helton expects a large turnout at this year’s roundup.

“I am expecting more. I know the office has had a lot of calls,” Helton said.

The church expects to pass out 850 backpacks, up from last year’s 750.

“It’s really great that we are able to help out. We have, for the past two months, had a disaster volunteer group that has been at the church. This has been a great blessing with them at the church. With families in Moore and the other areas, there is going to be such a great need,” Helton said.

The first 700 students will be given a ticket for a backpack during registration. Students must be present to receive a backpack, and a parent or legal guardian must be present to register family. No groups such as daycare centers, youth groups or school programs will be allowed. There are no geographical restrictions.

Also during the roundup, parents can attend the information fair where local nonprofit agencies will be available to answer questions and provide free information. A representative from the Norman police and fire departments also will be at the event.

New this year to the roundup will be health screenings provided by United Way’s Success by 6 for children newborn to 5 years old.

Magician J.P. Wilson will entertaining families. Other events include games and moon bounce/slides. Lunch will be provided. The event is free to the public.

Professional hairstylists are still needed for the free haircuts during the event. Those interested are asked to email jhelton@alameda-streams.org. The church will continue to take donations.

For more information, call 321-0788 or visit alameda-streams.org.