Free school backpack distribution Aug. 8, by local church, NH Fisher Cats

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Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 2.22.59 PMMANCHESTER, NH – Thousands of backpacks containing free school supplies will be distributed to local residents in need of a helping hand on Aug. 8.

One Day of Community will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sheridan-Emmett Park in downtown Manchester, is sponsored by Manchester Christian Church and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. It’s free and open to all members of the community.

Students will receive a backpack containing school supplies. Everything is provided at no cost to the participants and no pre-registration is required. The event will be held rain or shine.

Other free festivities include food, face painting, carnival games, prizes, live music and much more. The church-wide service project is intended to connect the rapidly growing church to community residents in a fun, family-friendly environment.

Sheridan-Emmett Park is located right across from Beech Street School, at 324 Beech Street in Manchester.

Other local organizations involved with the event include Easter Seals, Lil’ Iguanas Children’s Safety Foundation, the Manchester Health Department, New Hampshire Healthy Families, Rise Again Outreach, Southern New Hampshire Services Head Start, WellSense Health Care, Teen Challenge, Straight Ahead Ministries, the Manchester Community Health Center, the Manchester City Library, Easter Seals, Harbor Homes SSVF, the YWCA-NH, the Girl Scouts of the Green & White Mountains and the Manchester NAACP.

Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 2.26.53 PMDonations for the event have been supplied by Fairpoint Communications, Internet Essentials from Comcast, John Cassidy, Aramark, New Hampshire Healthy Families, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Page Street Leasing, Performance Foodservice | Northcenter, Kayem Foods, Inc., the Manchester Monarchs, Coca-Cola of Northern New England, Reliable Equipment, Crown Trophy, MFS Investment Management, Walmart, Elizabeth Heck and the congregation of Manchester Christian Church.

“With One Day of Community we expect to provide important resources to several thousand individuals and families in Manchester that could use a little compassion,” said Bo Chancey, Senior Pastor at Manchester Christian Church. Manchester Christian church holds Thursday evening services at 7 p.m. and Sunday morning services at 56 Old Bedford Road at 9 and 11am, Sunday morning services at 1308 Wellington Road at 8am, 10am or 12pm and at 250 Commercial Street (Waumbec Mill) at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
“It has given our organization a great amount of pride to watch this event continue to grow into such an impactful day for so many families in our community,” said Fisher Cats President and General Manager, Rick Brenner.  “We are fortunate to live and work in a place where there are several like-minded organizations who see the need in our community and have the resources to be able to help.  We look forward to another fun, inspirational day next month.”

For more information about Manchester Christian church and the One day of Community event, visit the church’s website at To volunteer or make a donation to the event, visit


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