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Family Tree Resoure Center plans on Back-to-School supply drive, clothing store

Travis and Amanda Feiock and family.

by Amber Countryman, Sumner Newscow — Travis and Amanda Feiock believe that promoting life goes beyond assisting pregnant women.

“It means supporting healthy families and family development,” Feiock said.

Currently, Family Tree Resource Center, Inc. is based out of the Feiocks home, but they are hoping to have an office by the end of the year. As they are funded solely through donations, they are seeking sponsors.

“Like trees, families need nurturing to survive, the more they are cared for, the healthier they are,” Feiock said.

The organization’s mission is to strengthen families and the community by keeping children safe and nurtured. They have officially been in business since February 2019 and obtained their nonprofit status a few months ago.

“We currently offer resource referrals, counseling referrals, resource counseling, and offer support through items provided to families in need,” she said.

Currently, they are accepting donations for a school supply drive. There are 18 children registered for assistance. They are still taking pre-registrations for back to school assistance, and it is all done privately. Although they may not be able to meet every supply need, pre-registration will help them better identify the supplies needed. Homeschooled children are welcome to register.

Drop off locations for the drive include 514 N. Jefferson, First Free Will Baptist Church foyer, and No. 7 Coffee House during business hours. Items needed include new backpacks for all ages, new school supplies for all ages, dry erase markers, children’s hygiene items, lunch boxes, children’s peanut-free snacks, boxes of Kleenex, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant, pocket-sized hand sanitizers, children and teen headphones and earbuds and Walmart gift cards. Donations of STEM classroom sets for teachers in Sumner County are also needed.

“Pre-registration also puts you at the top of the list of assistance based on the supplies we do have available,” Feiock said.

Family Tree Resource Center is hosting a Back to School clothing sale, sponsored by Shear Joy Salon, at Memorial Auditorium. Early bird shopping hours are Friday, July 31 from 5-7 p.m. with a $3 entry fee. Saturday, Aug. 1, 8 a.m.-noon is free entry. All sales will benefit the organization. Families can expect to find brand new with tags children’s clothing, in good condition, with a price range of $1-$10. Shear Joy Salon has generously donated ten haircuts for the event. All sales are final. Please utilize proper social distancing while shopping. Masks are encouraged.

“Our goal with the sale is to provide nice clothing at low costs for community children and parents, and to raise money for our organization,” Feiock said. “We are still taking smoke-free gently used and brand-new clothing donations.”

Handmade masks will be available for $4, and free masks for anyone who needs one until they run out. There will also be hand sanitizer available for use at the entry and checkout tables.

All registered students can pick up their supplies Aug. 3-7. Supply distribution to local children and teachers will be Aug. 10-14.

They do not offer a food pantry, but they do have resources for families in need. They are planning a food assistance meal pack for children during winter break.

A winter coat drive will be held in September, to be announced. They are seeking donations of gently used or new baby, children’s, and teen coats, gloves, hats and socks. The coat giveaway will be held in October. Also in the planning stages is Operation Christmas Child, a program for gift assistance.

This fall, they will offer Embrace Grace and Embrace Life classes, along with offering other services and classes once their office is open.

“All of our resources are needs-based, so if a family reaches out, we help them,” Feiock said. “We also love to support new moms and foster parents. We support any family to the best of our ability with children ages birth to 18 years old. If they have a need, we try to meet that immediate need to the best of our abilities and offer resources to meet the need long term.”

They also share employment opportunities they find and take donations of smoke-free, gently used adult work attire, children’s clothing, new baby items, diapers and wipes.

“The more funding we have, the more programs and assistance we can offer,” Feiock said.

Family Tree Resource Center, Inc. can be contacted through their Facebook page, by phone, 620-399-6625, or by email, ftrclife@gmail.com. They are funded through donations, and those interested can donate by going to www.ftrc.online/donate. All donations are tax deductible.

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