The 2013 Back to School Fiesta was another great success! Ninety volunteers over the course of Thursday and Friday sacked supplies for over 400 per-registered local students and helped with setup and decorations. These volunteers included funding partners, previous Fiesta recipients, and youth from area Churches, National Honor Society, and Leo Club.
To date 466 students have been assisted with school supplies, backpacks, and Payless Shoes gift cards from the 2013 Back to School Fiesta. Local hairstylists donated their time and supplies and provided close to 50 haircuts in the three hour period of the Fiesta – our own Jennie Lowry was one of these generous folks! For the first time at the Fiesta, Lions Club provided eye screenings to around 50 children, close to half of which needed a referral. One 2 year old child was identified as having a serious vision issue. The Literacy Volunteers of Wimberley handed out free books on reading level to each student. Free toothbrushes and toothpaste were provided by Walgreens. Communicare Health Clinics provided free vouchers for immunizations to help meet that need since we were unable to provide immunizations on site this year. Habitat for Humanity provided applications for housing. League of Women Voters registered people to vote. The Village Library issued library cards. And Unity Church provided snacks for the volunteers and all the recipients. Approximately 85 volunteers worked on Saturday during the 3 hour distribution. And a big thank you to Ruth Circle and United Methodist Men for providing the volunteer thank you lunch on Saturday immediately after the Fiesta.
If you become aware of additional students in the Wimberley community who need school supply assistance, please have them call the Barnabas help line at 512-847-1664.
23 organizations provided funds, volunteers, and lots of support and encouragement:
Ace Hardware, Lions Club, Civic Club, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Cypress Creek Church, Presbyterian Women, Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Demasters – Daniel Insurance, Seton Hays, Rotary Club, Ozona National Bank, Christian Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Walgreens, Communicare Health Clinics, Literacy Volunteers of Wimberley, Ruth Circle UMW, United Methodist Men, Unity Church, Wimberley UMC, Barnabas Connection and many individual donors!