Lynnwood church distributes over 1,000 backpacks, school supplies

A girl thanks volunteers for her new backpack.
A young family has just collected a pair of red and black backpacks.
The backpack is cool, but the ice pop is cooler.
Volunteer singers belted out tunes.
Face painters stayed busy.
To the side of the main attraction, teen volunteers play basketball.
Sharon Reyes, wife of pastor James Reyes, holds up an informational handout about the church.

When Charisma Christian Center began giving out backpacks 11 years ago, it was able to equip 50 students for their upcoming school year. Saturday morning, the church helped over 1,000. Backpacks were filled with notebooks, crayons, pencils, pens, rulers and more.

Charisma, alongside its over 150 volunteers, turned the giveaway into a full-blown bash. Hundreds of people at a time played games, jumped in the bouncy house, ate hot dogs and sweet treats, received dental care and listened to live music from some very enthusiastic singers.

–Story and photos by Jasmine Contreras-Lewis

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