West Virginia Shoe Mission “Soles for Souls”

Somewhere in the Big Creek District of McDowell County, West Virginia, a 4th grader named Nathan will be going to sleep tonight in a bare, decrepit room, lying in a bed supported by cinder blocks. Nathan walks a few miles to school each day, rain or shine, wearing these worn-out shoes.

We can’t change all of Nathan’s circumstances, but we can give him (and many more like him) dignity and hope when they roll out of bed and sink their little feet into a new pair of shoes.

Be part of giving hope to kids like Nathan! Be a part of Second Baptist Church’s West Virginia Shoe Mission – Soles for Souls! It’s as simple as tying your shoes.

Please make a donation today.

  • Online donation:You can access the Second Baptist online giving platform by clicking here https://abundant.co/secondbaptistrva/give . Fill in your “pledge” amount, and click on the “fund” menu and select “West Va Missions.”
  • By check: You can send a check. Please makes checks payable to “Second Baptist Church,” and note “West Va. Shoes” on the memo line. Please mail checks to Second Baptist Church, 9614 River Road, Richmond, VA 23229.

Donations are open during the month of August. In early September, mission leaders will be purchasing shoes and personally delivering them to schools and churches in West Virginia. This year, as in years past, Nathan and others like him will get a new pair of shoes, a renewed sense of dignity, and the reminder that they are deeply loved by a good and gracious God.

Henrico & Richmond City School Supplies Needed

While Henrico County and Richmond City are both beginning the 2020-21 school year using a fully virtual format, some students still need help with school supplies. Besides standard supplies such as highlighters and notebooks, many families also need assistance with supplies that might normally be found in a classroom, such as whiteboards and pencil sharpeners.

You can help by dropping off supplies at the church’s front doors any time between now and Sunday, August 16. We will be distributing donations between Henrico and Richmond City!

Feel free to purchase any of the items on the list below for drop off or use our Amazon link to purchase and have them directly shipped to us here at the church! We look forward to supporting children and families through these donations as they begin this unprecedented journey of virtual learning and know these supplies will lighten some of the load for families in need!

Some needed items are listed below.

Elementary School Items:

  • Wide-ruled notebook paper
  • 2 pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Black and white composition notebooks
  • Lined index cards
  • Pocket folders
  • Washable markers
  • Glue sticks
  • Crayons
  • Child-sized scissors
  • Pencil boxes
  • Backpacks

Middle & High School Items:

  • College-ruled notebook paper
  • 2 pencils
  • Blue, black and red pens
  • Highlighters
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Lined index cards
  • Three-ring binders
  • Colored pencils
  • Four-function calculators
  • Dry-erase markers
  • Washable markers
  • Backpacks

Virtual Learning Family Support Items:

  • Calendar anchor charts
  • Flash cards for all grade levels (math, sight words, language arts, shapes and colors etc.)
  • Classroom organization charts
  • Pencil boxes
  • Three-ring binders
  • Paint and paint brushes
  • Workbooks (for all grade levels)
  • Binder rings
  • Index cards
  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Current wall maps and globes
  • Laminators
  • Hole punches
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Red correcting pencils
  • Staplers and staples
  • File folders
  • Whiteboards
  • Treasure chest/prize box incentives
  • Sharpies
  • Erasers
  • Post-it Notes
  • Printers
  • Ink cartridges
  • Printer paper
  • Magnetic letters and numbers
Secret Santa “Fleece Blankets” Kits

For many years, Second Baptist Church has generously supported a “Secret Santa” program for kids in West Virginia as a part of our West Virginia missions partnership. Normally, the Prayer Shawl Ministry knitted caps and scarves for the 160+ children we sponsor. However, the current pandemic has prevented the members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry from gathering for their weekly “knitting” sessions, so we were suddenly left without an important part of our WVA Mission effort. Funny thing though — our Baptist women don’t take “NO” for an answer, and they came up with a great church-wide idea to provide warm, fleece blankets assembled in advance of the annual Christmas party.

When the WVA mission team asks children what one thing they would like to have for Christmas, many of them simply say “I need a warm blanket, I need a pillow….” This year, once again, Second Baptist is going to be a part of meeting those needs. Please join the Prayer Shawl Ministry in this new “Fleece Blanket” mission for the neediest of children in West Virginia!

How to Participate

There are containers on the benches in front of the Main Commons entrance (outside of the Family Life Center) filled with No-Sew Fleece Blanket kits, instructions, and card stock for creating personal Christmas cards. This is a wonderful opportunity for a family project. There is no sewing … just cutting and tying the front and back of the blanket together!

After completing the blanket and making a homemade Christmas card for the child, please return the completed kit to the designated bins on the benches in front of the Main Commons doors. The blankets will be stored for the annual WVA “Secret Santa” Christmas party. If you would prefer to purchase your own fleece blanket material/kit, they can be found at Joann’s, Michaels, Target, or Walmart! If you have any questions please contact Robinette George (804-647-9195), Tiffany Dawson (804-938-9926), or Vickie Ritter (804-347-3815).

YouTube Tutorial –  https://youtu.be/o9S7y6eeQH0

Let’s see how many warm blankets we can make for WVA in July and August! The Prayer Shawl Ministry ladies and the children of West Virginia say “Thank you Second Baptist Church Family!”

Loaves & Fishes Pantry Drive

Our Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry Drive through will be available every second and fourth Friday 12:30p.m. – 2:30p.m. Please drive under the front awning and stay in your car and we will provide you with food, prayer, and a gift card to Kroger.

Additionally, we have our Abundance Box available behind the church (near Spence Hall) 24/7. The Abundance Box is one of the ways we seek to assist our neighbors and friends and is stocked with non-perishable food items that are available to anyone and every one of need and interest. Please share of your abundance and take when needed.


Second Baptist, you never stopped! In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, you did not step back, you stepped up … and we increased our Loaves and Fishes food distribution ministry for those in need. Now, we need to replenish our food inventory so that we can continue to love God and our neighbors by sharing our bounty.

Here are the most helpful food items:

  • Canned or pouched tuna/chicken
  • Jars of peanut butter, 16 oz. or less preferred
  • Canned green vegetables
  • Canned corn
  • Canned beans
  • Packs of single-serve apple sauce
  • Packs of single-serve fruit cups
  • Boxes or bags of rice
  • Boxes of pasta, spaghetti, or macaroni and cheese
  • Cans of pasta or spaghetti sauce

Please drop your donations off in front of the doors under the porte cochere of the church, we will be collecting and sorting throughout the day.

WMU Back to School Collection

Due to Covid-19 your WMU is having to modify their annual “Back to School Celebration” collection of school supplies, backpacks, and toiletries to benefit the children at our three Baptist Centers.

We ask that this year you simply write a check to SBC Missions (MEMO: School Supplies) for the amount you would normally spend shopping for the requested school items.

In turn, the Mission Council will send checks to the three Baptist Centers for their community missionaries to purchase the needed supplies prior to the Back to School distribution events. This year we will NOT be collecting items here at church. Our goal is to provide the needed school supplies to the Centers in the safest possible method.

Accept our thanks for your continued generosity in meeting the needs of the poorest in our city through this local mission project.