Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | August 4, 2011

Bags for Learning

Last night the people of Kingsland gathered for the third of our five Summer of Service initiatives. These initiatives are designed to mobilize Kingsland members to assist several of our urban ministry partners. Our focus last night was on assembling bags for learning — backpacks filled with school supplies. These backpacks will be distributed by Generation One to impoverished children who live in Houston’s Third Ward. Our missions ministry has worked with Generation One for the past five years. Generation One mobilizes thousands of volunteers annually to reach out to at-risk grade school kids, to clean and clear empty lots, and to tear down dilapidated houses that pose risks to the people of the community. God is using Mike and Kenzie Malkemes and their staff at Generation One to slowly transform the Third Ward one child and one home at a time.

Our missions ministry provided three hundred backpacks emblazoned with the Generation One logo. Through the generosity of the Kingsland family, we were able to fill these backpacks with school supplies. These bags for learning will be given to the poorest children in the Third Ward — kids who previously have started their school year with little or no school supplies. These are children who have great potential and deserving of a little help in order to take steps toward the realization of that potential. Sometimes all it takes is a little kindness to make a difference in the lives of children who rarely see any evidence that others care about them or their difficult circumstances. I am thankful for the generosity of every Kingsland member that purchased the school supplies that will soon reach the children who live in Houston’s Third Ward.

Next Wednesday evening we will collect children’s books to line the shelves of the Generation One library. The new and gently used books that we collect will be used to help children learn to read. More than that, my prayer is that these books will inspire children to develop a life-long love of reading and making discoveries about our world. By providing school supplies and library books, we have an opportunity to help Generation One fulfill their purpose of “making sure that the next generation knows what their potential is and believes that they can achieve it.”


  1. God Bless all of you at Kingsland for showing His love for these kids / families!

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