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After consultations with IAM and the Henderson Migrant Education Program (MEP), Trinity's Local Missions team voted to collect the one "back to school" item that is most urgently needed by local migrant children, who IAM dubs "the poorest of the poor" -- wired (not Bluetooth) headphones or ear buds that use a 3.5mm jack (normal headphone sized, not 1/4"). We will NOT be collecting school supplies or backpacks this year.*

Headphones / ear buds are required of Henderson County students, because each child is issued a Google Chromebook (small laptop). While the laptop itself is given at no cost to families, the students are expected to bring in their own headphones. The fact that very inexpensive models abound doesn't matter; the expense is still a difficult one for migrant families to meet.

The MEP is seeking these items for 180 local school-aged children of migrant workers. We hope Trinity can make a significant contribution to this quest and help migrant children be ready for class. To that end, collection bins will remain in the narthex from Wed. Aug. 10 - Wed. Aug. 24 for either over-the ear small headphones OR ear buds (that fit inside the ear.) Either style works, but both need to be wired as stated above.

Please also NOTE: IAM's TOP back-to-school need is new or gently used CLOTHING for school children, ages 4 - 18. Jeans, shirts, sneakers, socks and underwear will be gratefully accepted at IAM (310 Freeman St.) during these hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Questions? Email Leslie Nissen at or call (912) 398-1018.


*Many other agencies, churches, business, etc. are holding collections for traditional school supplies and backpacks. IAM does not want any supplies or children's backpacks, and Local Missions will not be collecting these items. However, if you already purchased an adult-size backpack intended for a high schooler, IAM will accept it, for a homeless neighbor.

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