CREATED Aug. 23, 2013
COACHELLA - More than 1,000 students (K-12) received free backpacks and school supplies Friday afternoon at the Jordan Outreach Ministries in Coachella. Some families waited for hours outside in the heat before the gates opened and they were seated inside the gym.
About 100 volunteers prepared the new backpacks for the 14th annual back-to-school giveaway at the ministry. Its founder and pastor, Joe Jordan, said it's a time when they can help children in the East Valley who come from challenging backgrounds
"We want to build their self-esteem and let them know just because they're not able to go and buy all this stuff and they need to come and get a hand, that they matter and that our community loves them enough to come together and put this event on," shared Jordan.
Other back-to-school giveaways happening in the Valley include these:
Saturday, Aug. 24
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Coachella Valley Rescue Mission
47470 Van Buren St, Indio, Calif., 92201
Saturday, Aug. 31
Sword of the Lord Ministries
72055 Corporate Way, Thousand Palms, Calif., 92276