A local ministry gave away about 100 packs of school supplies and a laptop Saturday. Fill My Cup Ministries of Sherman held a back-to-school celebration Saturday at Kidd-Key Park on the Sherman Municipal Building grounds.
The celebration included a bounce house, performances and free food.
“We just wanted to give out to the community,” Fill My Cup Founder Georgia Holland said. “Children are a blessing, and they are innocent. They are the future. We want to plant good seeds into the children and it starts with education.”
The back-to-school celebration was the launch event for the organization started by Holland.
“Fill My Cup was in my heart about three years ago,” Holland said. “We have been trying to branch it out more. We just want to help people grow. We want people to know about God and who he is.”
Fill My Cup, Holland said, also ministers at nursing homes.
“You do not know how happy people are when you go into the nursing homes and just speak with them,” she said. “We are also going to be going into jails and prisons. We want to become nationwide. We want to reach out to the community and those that are in need of anything. You cannot have a ministry without prayer.”
Patricia Singletary said she came to the event because she wants children to see people in the community giving back.
“Children need to see us being helpers and givers,” she said. “If you have grown up in the community, it is good to come back and be a giver. That is where the blessings are. You can have all the riches in the world, but giving back is the most important thing. Without that, the wealth means nothing.”
Singletary said people should be able to come together and show love for one another.
“We need to remind people about the needs of the community,” she said. “There are a lot of single parents and married couples that need help this time of the year. We need to show people that there is a love for every man and we can come together on this one thing.
Detra Hall is a schoolteacher in Denison but came to Sherman Saturday to support children.
“We need to let children know that there are people around here that do care for them,” she said. “Children need to know that they have a chance to be anything that they want to be.”
Hall said in the future, she would like to see the city take a more active role in having this for young people to do.
“Children do not have a lot to do so they end up getting in trouble,” she said.
In October, Fill My Cup will be feeding the homeless in Oklahoma City.
For more information about Fill My Cup or to volunteer with the organization, call Holland at 903-436-0950 or its visit Facebook Page.