MIAMI GARDENS—Immanuel Temple will distribute some 2,100 sets of free school uniforms to local students at its first “Come Together Day,” the church’s free-admission community festival, Saturday, July 21, 2012, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Golden Glades Elementary School, 16520 N.W. 28th Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL.
Students who receive free or reduced lunches at the following local schools are eligible for the uniform giveaway of one free top and one free bottom per child: Golden Glades Elementary (Miami Gardens); Nathan B. Young Elementary, (Opa-Locka); Scott Lake Elementary (Miami Gardens); Fairway Elementary (Miramar); and Parkway Elementary (Miami Gardens). The church will distribute the free uniforms at “Come Together Day” to parents or guardians presenting proper identification.
“Come Together Day” is the brainchild of the Reverend John F. White II. White, a native of South Florida who has pastored in the state for a decade, has hosted the annual event at each church he has served. Continuing in his commitment to demonstrate tangible love and service to the community and its children, Immanuel Temple’s inaugural Come Together Day is White’s 10th.
White, along with his wife, the Reverend Maria Mallory White, are the servant-leaders of Immanuel Temple, which they launched Easter Sunday morning (April 8, 2012). The new congregation worships Sundays at 10 a.m. in the Miami Carol City Senior High School auditorium.
As a foundational principle of the new fellowship, Immanuel Temple has committed to “tithing” back into the community 10 percent of its income from tithes and offerings. With a budget totaling more than $25,000, Come Together Day is the largest single activity in that effort, as the Reverend White explains, “Immanuel Temple is a church not only in the community but one that gives back to the community.”
At no charge and open to the public, Come Together Day will also feature a health fair, voter registration, music, games, food, fellowship and fun.
Immanuel Temple members and friends have been instrumental in supporting, planning and developing this effort, along with volunteering to serve the day of the event.
The church also will transport children from the Homeless Assistance Care Center (HAC North), 1550 N. Miami Avenue, to receive free uniforms and participate in Come Together Day food, fun and festivities.