Each year before school starts the members of First Presbyterian Church in Great Bend are given a challenge called MISSION POSSIBLE. The undercover assignments consist of purchasing clothing such as sweat pants, underwear and socks in all sizes for both boys and girls. This year, with the early start of school, there are even some pairs of shorts.
These items are used when accidents happen at school which require a change of clothing. The clothing is distributed among all of the public elementary schools in Great Bend by Sheryl Neeland, one of the USD 428 elementary guidance counsellors.
This year when the Presbytery of Southern Kansas met in Great Bend, the offering taken during the morning worship service was dedicated to MISSION POSSIBLE. This money will be added to the monetary donations made by First Presbyterian Church members.
So far, over $600 has been collected. Throughout the school year this money will be made available to the schools when there is need for a warm coat or a pair of shoes in addition to replenishing the donated clothing.