BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A Blytheville pastor and his wife are going above and beyond helping children in need before the start of the school year kicks off.
Frederick and Sherrie Clay are from the Morning Star Church, a small church that sits on a back road in the middle of farm fields.
However, the size of the church does not take away from what their big hearts are capable of doing.
"We have went out and purchased things and we've also gone out to the community and asked others to sponsor a child," Sherrie said.
They are just buying school supplies, but the whole back-to-school package.
The couple collected brand new name brand-name clothing, shoes, and accessories, along with backpacks and supplies for 23 children in need.
"The majority of these children are from the Burdette area and they are coming to our fellowship," Sherrie said. "These are very well-mannered children, but they are from a low poverty area so the Lord gave my husband a vision to reach out and help these kids."
The pastor said this is the least he can do, and it reflects what they stand for, which is helping others.
"I just appreciate the opportunity to do something, because you always heard growing up in church, serving God is serving your fellow man," Frederick said. "This is just one of the things we are doing. We are just being servants."
The Clay family said they have not done this on their own.
They have received a great amount of help from the community to make their vision possible.
"Some children aren't as fortunate as others to have the name brand clothing and everything," Sherrie said. "We just want to reach out to these children and get them some things that maybe they don't have all the time."
The church is holding a luncheon for the kids on Saturday where they will receive their back-to-school supplies and outfits.
"Once we give the children their gifts, we also teach them to be thankful for what others have done," Sherrie said. "On Saturday when they come together they will write thank you cards for people that just wanted to donate, be a blessing to them."
They could still use some donations, though, mostly men's shoe sizes 11-13.
Items can be donated until Friday.
If you want to make a difference, contact the Clays at (870) 281-6886.
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