Christmas Backpacks 2020

christmas backpacks

We love any opportunity we have to share Christ and His love with Kentucky kids to kids around the world. This year we’re partnering with the KBC to help pack backpacks for kids across Kentucky.

Did you know that sadly, 26% of Kentucky’s children live in poverty? Let’s help them have a memorable Christmas this year while also sharing the gift of the Gospel with them.

Deadlines:

  • Donate Money: If you would like to donate money toward the filling of a backpack, please donate to the church by October 4. You can give online here. Just change the dropdown to “Christmas Backpacks for Children.” 
  • Pack a Backpack: If you would like to purchase and fill your own backpack, please drop them off at the church by October 18.
This program is offering gifts to kids of all ages. So, we ask that you pick an age and gender and then fill the backpack with things you think they’ll love.

 

Ideas for Filling Your Christmas Backpack from the KBC:

Securely tie 2 ribbons to the backpack to indicate gender and age of recipient. Example using the chart below: Girl, age 6 1 pink ribbon, 1 yellow ribbon securely tied to the backpack. 
 
Gender:
Blue = Boy
Pink = Girl
 
Age: 
Purple = Ages 2-3
Yellow = Ages 4-7
Green = Ages 8-10
Red = Ages 11-14
White = Ages 15-17
 
TOYS (At least 1 item):
Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries) , Slinky®, Frisbee, card games such as Ol’ Maid, Go Fish, etc.
 
HYGIENE ITEMS (At least 2 items):
Toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (boxed and in a plastic bag), shampoo (securely sealed & in a plastic bag) hairbrush, comb, pony tail holders, barrettes, hair clips, washcloth, etc.
 
OTHER (At least 2 items):
Children’s or Teen Bible (KJV, God’s Word, or CSB version), age-appropriate Christian books, sunglasses, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)
 
FOOD (At least 2 items):
Canned food items with pop-tops (nothing which requires a can opener and no plastic containers), protein bars, hard candy (NO chocolate) and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, NO food items with peanut butter or nuts).
 
CLOTHING (At least 2 items. All clothing items must be new with tags/packaging):
T-shirts, underwear, socks, warm hat, gloves, scarf, ball cap, fleece pullover, warm outerwear
 
SCHOOL SUPPLIES:
School supplies are welcome, but not all sites need school supplies. If you are partnering with a site, please check with them regarding school supplies and what type of school supplies are needed, please use age-appropriate school supplies.
 
Additional Ideas to consider for older kids (11-17):
GIRLS: lip gloss, costume jewelry, scarves, friendship bracelets, craft kits, journals, fun socks & slippers, doodle books, Spirograph kit, feminine hygiene supplies
 
BOYS: LEGOS®, card games, hand-held electronic games, flashlights (with extra batteries), basketball, soccer ball, NERF™ football
 
NOTE: Please do not include any food items that are perishable or can be easily crushed or opened while in transit. 
 
Want to learn more about this program? Learn more from the Kentucky Baptist Convention here.