Back-to-school shopping spree for Petersburg students

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Parents call this back to school shopping spree a blessing - especially during this touch economic time. Nearly a hundred Petersburg schools students are being treated to two free uniforms. Mount Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries in Richmond is picking up the tab.

"We're bringing out kids who absolutely needed the assistance. These are difficult times and it's during times like these where you really find out who has a heart to help," said Juliette Davis, Mt. Gilead Ministries.

The help could not have come at a better time.

"Financially it saved me and it also helped my boys go back to school," said parent Janate Ingram.

Ingram planned on recycling last year's uniforms for her two boys.

"Over the summer I hung the shirts up. The pants didn't need repairing but if I needed to, I made sure I had my needle and thread," Ingram said.

Now, her kids' school wardrobe is a little fuller. The church provided transportation to and from the shopping spree. Lvelisse Pellot is a single mom of two.

"In this tough situation we're having right now it's a good thing when people try to help you especially with kids - we appreciate the help," said Pellot.

She says her kids can now focus on their education.

"They can feel more comfortable because they got the uniforms and they can repay that by being good in school," said Pellot.

These parents and students say they're grateful.

Mt. Gilead is challenging other churches and organizations to reach out and do more to help students and parents in the community.

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