Middletown, NJ – Westminster Presbyterian Church (WPC) collected 60 back packs and dozens of bags of individual item donations for the Star 99.1 FM Care Pack Project. WPC teamed up with the popular New Jersey based inspirational music station to sponsor a project that provides hope and compassion to kids in the foster care system by providing backpacks filled with essential personal care items. These backpack blessings offer foster children proof that there are people who care at a time when they feel most alone.
WPC became a Program Sponsor and began collecting backpacks and items about six weeks ago. They created Donation Drop Zones at the Church in Middletown and at its First Annual Faith Hope and Music Festival on August 19th.
According to Reverend Joseph Hein, of WPC, “The response to the Care Pack Project was amazing. Not only our own congregation, but the entire community and so many Star 99.1 listeners were extremely generous with their donations. We received calls throughout the past month-and-a-half asking for directions to the church and people were stopping by to drop off their donations 24/7. Partnering with Star 99.1 to support a ministry to help kids in the foster system was gratifying and inspirational. WPC is planning to build on the experience by starting its own projects for underprivileged youngsters, including one that will provide free after school music lessons and tutoring for students in the Middletown area.”
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Star 99.1 will wrap up the Care Pack Project at the end of August according to Star 99.1 Promotions Manager LuAnn Schaeffer. Schaeffer and the Star 99.1 Car met with WPC’s Reverend Hein on August 22, to collect the donations the church has been collecting since early July.