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School supply giveaway slated for Friday night

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From the left, God Inspired Gathering volunteer Beau Perez and Rev. Jim Ridgway of the 24/7 Christian Church Fellowship International hold up socks and notebooks Wednesday at 201 E. College Blvd. The items donated by Office Max and others will be given away to students in need on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. on the lawn outside the Chaves County Courthouse as part of the God Inspired Gathering. (Alex Ross Photo)

Although the school year started a week ago, students who still need school supplies will have the chance to get them for free this Friday during a school supply giveaway on the lawn outside the Chaves County Courthouse.

Rev. Jim Ridgway of the 24/7 Christian Church Fellowship International, who is spearheading the drive, said supplies will be distributed from 7 to 10 p.m. during the God Inspired Gathering, or GIG, an outdoor weekly worship service that he and other churches in the community have been doing every Friday night in the summer.

Free food will be served and Kenneth Coots of Living Hope Ministries will also be preaching at the event, Ridgway said.

This year will be the first time that Ridgway and GIG have done the school supply giveaway. Ridgway said he decided to start the drive after receiving calls from people asking who was giving away school supplies.

“God just kind of put it in our hearts to do it,” he said.

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Ridgway said he and other people have gathered donations of notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, crayons, pencil boxes and other items. Although the giveaway was primarily aimed at elementary school students, Ridgway said he can also help out middle and high school students.

“We are not going to run out,” Ridgway said.

He added that he has received donations from Forever Free Fellowship Church in Artesia, the Dexter Cowboy Church and OfficeMax in Roswell.

Although Ridgway said he is not soliciting contributions, he said that more crayons and socks would be welcome. People interested in donating items can call Ridgway at 626-5358.