17.3 million children in the United States live in poverty
Let’s exceed the goal of collecting 5,000 backpacks from Kentucky Baptist churches! One half of the backpacks collected here will be distributed directly to children living in poverty in Kentucky, while the other half will go to needy children in our partner Send City, Cincinnati.
This initiative is a partnership with the North American Mission Board and Kentucky Woman's Missionary Union.
How to Pack a Backpack
- Determine the gender and age for the backpacks by picking up a label at the kiosk outside the worship center.
- Purchase new items for your backpack (there is an item list below).
- Pray specifically for the child receiving the backpack and his or her family.
- Bring your items to the church for backpack assembly on Sunday, September 24th at 3:30 pm. Backpacks are being provided by the church.
Item List for the Backpacks
The following items are REQUIRED for each backpack (please be sure they are age-appropriate):
- Underclothes and socks
Examples: small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, small musical instruments, yo-yos, jump ropes, toy jewelry, flashlight (include batteries), Christian books, sidewalk chalk, toys that light up or make noise (include batteries), Slinky, frisbees, card games, etc.
- Non-perishable food items
Examples: cheese and/or peanut butter crackers, single-serving macaroni & cheese or pasta cups, fruit or applesauce cups, granola bars, pop-top entrees (chili, beef stew, lasagna, beef & franks, etc.)
Optional extra items that may be included:
Examples: pens, pencils (include a sharpener), crayons, markers, stamps and ink pads, writing pads, paper, solar-powered calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
Examples: toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, hairbrushes, combs, washcloths, ponytail holders, hair clips, etc.
Examples: age-appropriate Bibles, hard candy (no chocolate), lollipops, mints, gum, t-shirts, hats, etc.
Additional optional items for older children (ages 10-14):
- For girls: lip gloss, scarves, friendship bracelets, craft kits, journals, fun socks/slippers, doodle books, etc.
- For boys: Legos, card games, hand-held electronic games, model kits, basketballs, soccer balls, nerf footballs, etc.
Posted on Wed, September 6, 2017
by Jennifer Embrey