All across the country, from the hills of Virginia to the skyscrapers of Chicago and the Californian coast, college students who grew up in this church are currently undergoing that most daunting of hazing rituals: midterms. Having survived a few dozen of those ourselves, we know how much a kind note or phone call can make a difference, but we also know that a box bursting with baked goods, snacks and treats goes even further!

In anticipation of not just midterms but finals coming up in November and December, we are collecting donations for college care packages. This is a great way for our entire congregation to continue supporting the undergrad and grad students who have called First Baptist Greenville their church home. So that we have plenty of time to assemble, pack and ship these care packages, please start turning in donations now! There are collection bins in the Front Office and the deadline for donations is Sunday, November 13.

Please consider donating the following individually-wrapped items:
easy mac & cheese
small cans of Pringles
ramen noodles
chewy granola bars
fruit snacks
snack-size trail mix and Goldfish crackers
individual bags of cookies or crackers
microwave popcorn
“Rice Krispy” treats
spare Halloween candy (no chocolate please!)
**We will collect homemade baked goods to add to the packages on November 27**

Also—if you have a current college or grad student in your family, please encourage them to fill out the college contact update form. If we do not have their current school email and address, unfortunately we cannot send them a care package. After filling in their current address, they will also have the opportunity to express interest in a College Student Winter Retreat in January, so this is a form your favorite college student(s) won’t want to miss!

Remember to do your part in staving off the end-of-semester blues… You never know what a snickerdoodle or cup-o-noodles can do for a college student you love!

—Mary Carol & Franklin

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