It’s that time of year again – halfway to the Christmas season. Has your church committed to fill Christmas Backpacks for needy children? With temperatures in the 90s, it’s hard to think about Christmas, but the collection date for Christmas Backpacks is only 3 months away.
Statistics show that only 4 states have a higher percentage of children living in poverty than Kentucky. For these children, Christmas does not always come with gifts, like it does for others. A Christmas backpack filled with food, clothing, hygiene items, school supplies, toys, and a Gospel witness brings a smile on a lot of children’s faces. It will bring a smile on your face too, just knowing you have helped to provide a needy child with a special Christmas gift.
The KBC Missions Mobilization Team has been preparing for the Christmas Backpack Initiative since January. Applications requesting backpacks have come in from ministries across the state and many churches have committed to fill backpacks. If your church has not already done so, it’s not too late to get on board.
Instructions for filling the backpacks can be found at www.kybaptist.org/backpacks. There you will find a promotional video, bulletin insert, poster, the “Christmas Story” leaflet, and the link to register your backpacks. Be sure to print copies of the leaflet to put in each backpack.
Another good idea is to print extra copies of the “Christmas Story” leaflet and share with girls and boys in your neighborhood, at the grocery, in your family, and even children in your church. It is a great Gospel witness.
Let’s work together to exceed the goal of collecting 10,000 backpacks from Kentucky Baptist churches! Many of the backpacks collected will be distributed directly to children living in poverty in Kentucky, while others will go to needy children in our partner SEND City, Cincinnati. Collection date is October 24-28 so please respond soon and join us in making a difference in a child’s life this Christmas and, very possible, for eternity.
If you have questions please email the Missions Mobilization office at [email protected] or call 606-875-3079. Thank you for helping a child this Christmas season.
“Let’s not neglect to do good and share what we have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16