Through August 15, 2018, Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. in Waterbury will welcome donations for their 14th annual Back-to-School “Swap and Shop” of school uniform tops and bottoms to be distributed free or at low costs to low-income children throughout Greater Waterbury.
Photographed showcasing their personally-selected book bags at Acts 4 Ministry's 2017 "Swap and Shop" Back-to-School event were Alvin, Stacey and Chelsea Addo of Waterbury.
The non-profit non-denominational Acts 4 Ministry will welcome monetary donations during plus new or gently-used uniform tops in white, blue (any shade), black or gray, and bottoms in khaki, navy, black and gray. All sizes will be accepted, sizes 6, 7, 8, and above are especially needed. School accessories are also needed including book bags, lunch bags, rulers, folders and writing tools.
To date, Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. has gratefully accepted donations for this drive from the Waterbury Exchange Club Foundation and the National Honor Society of Sacred Heart High School.
Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. is a charitable organization that assists individuals or families who have suddenly lost their homes to a fire, flood or other unexpected devastation or upsetting life event. These individuals and families are invited to visit Acts 4 Ministry’s Thomaston Avenue retail shop to personally select, at no charge, clothing, dishes, glassware, furnishings, and items to meet other basic needs. The organization is dedicated to building relationships with people while providing them with the basics of daily living needs.
“Our volunteer board of directors, staff members and dozens of volunteers partner Acts 4 Ministry with churches, social service agencies, and public schools to help identify and serve people with these needs regardless of their faith, race, creed, or national origin, or their willingness to participate in religious activities,” explained Acts 4 Ministry Executive Director Sarah Elizabeth Carabetta.
Each year the organization distributes over 25,000 articles of clothing plus over 4,000 pieces of furniture to over 150 homes within Greater Waterbury. People of varying income levels are served, appointments are necessary. The Back-to-School Program is one of several Acts 4 Ministry’s ongoing programs to distribute resources to families throughout the area.
Through Wednesday, August 15, donations can be brought to the Acts 4 Ministry offices and retail shop at their 1713 Thomaston Avenue location in Waterbury between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Items can also be placed in the Acts 4 Ministry Donation Box outside their building. Please mark donations “School Items”. If needed, large collections of items can be picked up by Acts 4 Ministry during the last week of July.
Monetary tax-deductible donations can be U.S. Mailed to Acts 4 Ministry, Inc., PO Box 4524, Waterbury, CT 06704 with a memo “Back to School drive”.