Igniting a passion for Jesus in New England

The Opportunity

We have the opportunity to demonstrate the love of Jesus to students and families in the Derby public schools in need of back-to-school clothing assistance. Our Derby Campus, through Walnut Hill’s Church in Action ministry, has provided $100 in assistance to 150 students in the Derby public schools over the years, totaling $15,000. This year, the goal is to assist 100 students. To do that, $10,000 needs to be raised. The small campus has already raised over $2,000 from those who regularly attend the campus and begun a Go Fund Me page to solicit donations from the community. They need our help to reach their goal and be able to demonstrate the love of Jesus to 100 students in need.

The Need

The Derby school district has a high level of poverty as measured by the number of students receiving free or reduced lunches. 7 out of 10 students qualify district-wide, a level of participation which far exceeds the state average.  With so many families struggling to put food on the table for their children it should come as no surprise that many students need back-to-school clothing assistance in the school district. Each year, only the students most in need are referred by the district’s social services professional. Each year, the number of students referred for assistance grows.

God’s Love Demonstrated

The campus’s last assistance provided back-to-school clothing to 70 out of just over 100 students referred. Without assistance, these students would likely to return to school in the same clothes and footwear they left with the year before. Except now, these clothes and footwear are too small and severely worn. It is wonderful to put smiles on the faces of parents and students and to see their excitement and after receiving assistance. Click on the picture to the left to read about this family’s experience. Some even take the time to send pictures of the students in their new outfits, like the one below right.

Here’s How You Can Make a Difference

Would you join with our Derby Campus and help them reach their goal of raising $10,000 to provide back-to-school clothing for 100 students in need? You can donate by clicking on the button below.


If you already give online through a My Walnut Hill account, you can log in using your email address to make a donation. If you don’t have a My Walnut Hill account, you can give as a guest.

You can also give during Sunday services by placing a check in the offering plate. Please put Derby Back To School in the memo or comments section.

Donations will be accepted through the month of July. Thank you in advance for your donation!

The clothing will be distributed at a Back-to-School Celebration event held at the Derby Campus on Sunday, August 27 at 2:30 p.m. If you’d like to serve at the event and see the smiles for yourself, send an email to Walt Mayhew, our Derby Campus Pastor, at wmayhew@walnuthillcc.org.

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