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September 4, 2012 > Backpacks for school

Backpacks for school

Submitted By Christ the King Lutheran Church

Backpacks filled with school supplies were donated to Tri-City Volunteers on August 20 for 69 local students in need by Christ the King Lutheran Church.

Christ the King Lutheran Church of Fremont has a long history of service to the community including meals for hungry and shelter for homeless persons; this is the fourth year for the backpack project started in 2009. This year 22 high school, 23 middle school and 24 elementary school backpacks were filled with grade appropriate supplies. Members of Christ the King donated $1,485. The South Alameda County Chapter of Thrivent Financial contributed $1,600 for a total of $3,085.

Leaders of the project put in many hours purchasing supplies using coupons and going to sales. A larger group of volunteers from the congregation including Thrivent members joined together to fill the backpacks after a Sunday worship service on August 19.

"Thrivent Financial provides its members and other interested volunteers the opportunity to join in service for our local area," said Laurel King, Community Service Team Director of South Alameda County Chapter of Thrivent Financial. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a Fortune 500 financial services membership organization helping approximately 2.6 million members achieve their financial goals and give back to their communities.

Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1301 Mowry Ave., Fremont, invites everyone to come for worship on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. with an education hour for all ages at 9:00 a.m. Call (510) 797-3724 or visit to find out more about community service activities.

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