PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

March 25, 2011

Groves church to shower blessings on children served by Buckner


The Port Arthur News

GROVES — Meeting the needs of abused and neglected children in Southeast Texas may seem like a daunting task, but the Women’s Ministry Team of First Baptist Church-Groves wants the community to know that helping out can be as easy as something women do all the time – attending a shower. 

As part of their Spring Women’s Ministry activities, First Baptist Church-Groves will host a Buckner Blessings Shower to benefit the children under the care of Buckner Children’s Village in Beaumont.

Buckner Children’s Village is home to more than 45 children and adolescents, aged 5-17, in four houses, providing a loving, Christian home for children with traumatic backgrounds who need a place to find hope and healing.  Buckner Children’s Village is part of Buckner International, a global Christian ministry that seeks justice for ‘the least of these’ by providing care and resources for orphans and at-risk children in the United States and more than 50 countries around the world.  It was founded in Dallas, Texas in 1879. 

“Many children arrive at Buckner with little more than the clothes on their backs,” said Laura May, director of Buckner Children and Family Services in Southeast Texas. “This shower will help provide the same types of items to these children that all children need and desire.”

Those items include personal care and hygiene items ranging from toothbrushes and soap to hair dryers and straighteners, craft and school supplies, large duffel bags and backpacks to carry their belongings, clothing, shoes, stuffed animals, toys, and sports equipment. 

To contribute to the Buckner Blessings Shower, new items or monetary donations may be dropped off now through Friday, April 15 at the First Baptist Church-Groves office at 4000 Grant Ave and Salon Mecca at 3118 Nall in Port Neches, or through Tuesday, April 12 at HealthSource of Nederland, 2916 Nederland Ave.  All donations will benefit Buckner Children and Family Services of Southeast Texas. 

For any questions regarding this event, contact Cara Walker at (409)960-8561.  For more information on the many ways to help the children of Buckner, including foster care opportunities, visit www.buckner.orgor call (409) 866-0976.