This weekend was our annual Recovery by the Lake event. RbtL is a weekend event that hopes to spread awareness of the continuing drug problem we struggle with on Sand Mountain. There are booths set up all over the park that deal with recovery related programs or charities that the event is promoting. Bands and speakers are set up throughout the day, as well as lake baptisms! I love this weekend, every year!
This year I was asked to set up a booth for Blessings in a Backpack. I love this charity!
Did you know that 1 out of 6 kids in America are at risk of hunger? Right here in my own county, more than 70% of students are on the free and reduced lunch program at school. Many of those children eat little to nothing when they leave school on Friday until they return on Monday morning. Because of this problem, right here in our own backyard, the community has joined together to start the Blessings in a Backpack program in our local schools!
With the "Power of 80" ($80), a child can be sponsored and have food put in their backpacks every Friday that they can either open and eat or make easily at home.
Our goal at Recovery by the Lake was to spread awareness, get more people involved by starting the program in their own city or joining us in packing the meals each week, and most importantly committing to sponsor a child or buy a t-shirt to go towards the food purchases.
What's really great about this program is that every penny goes directly to buying food for these kids!
Here are some photos that my friend Brandi took at the event (she's so awesome!)
Another way that Recovery by the Lake helped raise money for Blessings in a Backpack was with a Bike Run!
All throughout the town, walls just like this one, were put up for people to write the names of friends or family in Marshall County who are still in active addiction. The night before the event, there was an overnight prayer vigil for these names at the Court House. The next morning, they were walked all the way to the lake. There were probably a dozen of them, filled front and back, with names.
At the end of the day, some of the Lifepoint band held a worship service and then handed out recovery chips (one year, one month, one day clean).
Like I said before, it was a GREAT day! If you would like to start Blessings in a Backpack in your own town, check out their website for more information or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can tell you how we got started here!
National Blessings in a Backpack
Marshall County Blessings in a Backpack (website still being worked on)