CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - The Crockett First Assembly Church is spreading community support this week, and it couldn't have come at a better time after the attempted police shooting over the weekend.
After plans for a foreign mission trip fell through, Crockett First Assembly instead decided to spend their week supporting their community and the Crockett local mission was born.
Crockett First Assembly Pastor Jeb Dotson said that it's a great starting point.
"We don't really have the right to go out to another country like Guatemala or Mexico unless you take care of your local place here. So it's very important to get that right to get outside of the walls of the church and actually serve in your community. That's what we're trying to do. It's servant leadership." Dotson said.
The church is partnering with their local food pantry Share and spent the spent the day stuffing over 480 backpacks for under privileged children who can't afford back to school supplies for the fall.
Trish Hardy the church's administrative assistant who helped organize the event said she was thrilled to help organize it this year.
"It's my first year to coordinate it, made a few little changes. Got great people who are working with us and I think it's going to go really smooth, we're able to help 6 all 6 schools in our county." Hardy said.
In addition to helping prepare kids for back to school they also spent the morning repainting play ground equipment at Martin Luther King Park, just down the road from where the most recent attempted police shooting took place on Saturday.
For many this mission couldn't have come at a better time.
"We are one together, we are a united community and that's what this is a lot about Crockett being united together. We have the police department, who I've let them know and they're going to be helping along side of us during this week. " Dotson said.
Mission members are hoping that community involvement and the support of law enforcement will help inspire others to pay it forward.
The Crockett Mission will be holding a grocery and produce giveaway tomorrow and will end on Friday with a community movie night outside of the church.