Operation Blue Jeans: A Ministry of Christian Service Center

Operation Blue Jeans: A Ministry of Christian Service Center

By Jim Clark - Director of the Christian Service Center

 

 

 

Since 1967, the Christian Service Center has conducted a back to school clothing drive called Operation Blue Jeans. Its purpose is to provide a new pair of jeans, underwear and socks for underprivileged students in Abilene. In addition, school supplies are provided to low-income Abilene students. We also offer children’s Bibles.Helping low-income Abilene children and their parents with a good set of new school supplies not only helps the children and their family financially but also boosts their self-image and outlook on school as they begin their school year. The Federal guidelines for the free and reduced lunch program indicate that over 9,000 children in the Abilene Independent School District are economically disadvantaged. Many of these economically disadvantaged children would likely be unable to have a new set of clothing or school supplies without the assistance of an organization such as the Christian Service Center. {{more}} The school counselors and teachers who work with the Christian Service Center in getting the clothing and school supplies to low-income children often say how deeply they appreciate this service to the community and how great a need it fills. This year we’re encouraging each family coming for clothing for their children to give back to the community by bringing a can of food or hygiene items for our pantry. This is one more way we can encourage our neighbors to “pay it forward” and bless others the way we bless them.Operation Blue Jeans is funded through donations from churches, individuals, foundations and service clubs in the Abilene community. We’re so grateful for their financial help that makes it possible for us to purchase the new jeans, socks, underwear, school supplies and children’s Bibles.