Reaching out to the needy

Clarence Plank

Two Eastern New Mexico University students are putting together a school supplies drive this summer for children in Portales and Clovis.

Colton Brewer and Jonathan Bull, both of Portales, are asking local churches to help. Brewer said he felt inspired by God to gather the school supplies.

“I really felt there was a need for it considering we have some people in the town that need help financially,” Brewer said. “Jonathan and I were talking things we could do to help out the community and the city. One of the things we came up with was doing a school supply drive.”

Brewer said considering school starts back in maybe a month and a half now would be a good time to do it. Brewer and Jonathan Bull are collecting supplies at the Baptist Student Union on August 2, but they are hoping to start collecting supplies soon.

“The first place we visited was central office for Portales Schools,” Brewer said. “They gave us a supply list and schedule for when school started for the kids just so we would know what supplies we would need. If we don’t get certain supplies we are also looking or cash donations so we can get odd things that kids need like tissues and things like that.”

Brewer and Bull are partnering with the Baptist Student Union on campus, First Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, Victory Life Church, Calvary Baptist Church and Emmanuel Baptist Church, all of Portales. Also involved are Highland Baptist Church and Living Stones Community Church of the Nazarene, both in Clovis.

“We’re just trying to do more stuff like this because it is what our faith entails,” Bull said.

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