The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 2, 2013

We Care Fair to mark fifth year; Abundant Life Church site for annual back-to-school event

NEOSHO, Mo. — Abundant Life Church is offering the We Care Fair from 9 a.m. to noon today at the church, 700 Spencer Drive. It’s the fifth year for the back-to-school event.

Because of limited parking at the church, shuttle buses will run from the Newton County Health Department, 812 W. Harmony St. in Neosho. Participants are asked to park there and take a bus to the event.

The event will offer school-age children in Newton and McDonald counties free school supplies, clothing, books, haircuts, vision screening, dental screening, hearing screening and finger-printing.

There also will be goodies, including hot dogs, popcorn and lemonade. Inflatables also are part of the event.

More than 500 children have pre-registered to receive a backpack full of school supplies. Although the registration period has ended, any local school-age child may attend. Last year, no child left empty-handed.

The back-to-school event is the result of a partnership among Abundant Life and other local churches, businesses, civic groups and organizations.

Bright Futures Neosho has collected some of the school supplies that will be provided to families. The goal is to fill 1,200 backpacks with needed classroom items.


Brenda Johnson is the contact for the event at or 417-451-1858.

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