A Day of Hope is about planting seeds and praying for deep roots.
For the fifth year, Carolina Forest resident Sheila Karsevar and about 200 volunteers will help prepare children in need for the start of the school year, literally from head to toe with everything from haircuts to new shoes.
There’s still time to register for the Aug. 10 event, and there’s also time for still-needed hairstylists to volunteer.
The take-away message, Karsevar says, “is that God created these children and He has a plan for their lives.”
Along with the professional haircuts and the brand-new shoes, purchased from Samaritan’s Feet in Charlotte, North Carolina, the day includes dental screening, vision screening, a backpack filled with school supplies, a bag of household supplies that food stamps don’t cover such as toothpaste and toilet paper, lunch, and a whole lot of love.
To make an appointment to register a child, parents can call Catholic Charities at 843-438-3108.
Information about the time and place of A Day of Hope will be provided at registration.
Hairstylists can call or text to 843-254-8641.
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In November 2014, Karsevar was watching a Joyce Meyer video in which the motivational Christian speaker talked about events such as A Day of Hope in other communities.
Karsevar was impressed to start A Day of Hope in Horry County, and it’s open to children from kindergarten to high school in need of back-to-school help.
More than 200 children attend the faith-based event each year.
“There are people from all walks of life, and the children don’t have to be Christians, but we’re coming together as a community to share the love of Jesus with these kids,” its founder says.
“A lot of the youth in our community are turning to drugs and alcohol and suicide, and many of them are victims of bullying.
“They’re turning to the wrong places for hope and for answers.”
Karsevar says she and her husband Norm, who have one child, “have a heart for kids and for Jesus and the kids need to know Him.”
JIOS Radio will provide Christian music, and if the parents and children are willing, volunteers will pray with the children and wash their feet, sharing the Biblical principles in John 13:1-17.
To contribute to A Day of Hope, a check can be mailed to Christ United Methodist Church, 2901 Fantasy Way, Myrtle Beach SC 29579, with “A Day of Hope” written in the memo line.
People can also donate by texting the word HOPE to 48421, and that will also go through the church.
If there are backpacks and school supplies left over after A Day of Hope, they’ll be distributed to area schools with the greatest need.
Left over shoes will be donated to Fostering Hope. Household supply bags will be donated to Catholic Charities.
“Everything will go to where it is most needed,” Karsevar says.