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Christmas Backpacks: Help share gift of love, gospel with kids in need

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Give the gift of love and the gospel to children in need this Christmas by filling backpacks with toys, food and clothing.

The Kentucky Baptist Convention, in partnership with Kentucky Woman's Missionary Union and the North American Mission Board, is asking churches to participate in the Christmas Backpack project and help collect 5,000 stuffed-to-the-seams backpacks by Oct. 20.

"Last year, more than 15,000 underprivileged children in Kentucky were blessed to receive backpacks filled with food, clothes, a gospel witness and toys from Baptists in surrounding states," said KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood. "This year, we're inviting Kentucky Baptists to join that effort; to be a blessing to children in our state by packing a backpack."

Complete directions on how to participate in the Christmas Backpack project can be found here, but here is the abbreviated version:

  • Decide how many backpacks to fill and register that number online.
  • Purchase new, zippered backpacks.
  • Fill the backpacks with new, age- and gender-appropriate gifts.
  • Pray for the child receiving the backpack and his or her family.
  • Deliver the backpacks to your designated collection site on the assigned day.

"I see the Christmas Backpacks as a great missions project for Sunday morning small groups and for kids at vacation Bible schools," said Eric Allen, KBC Missions Mobilization Team leader. "Imagine the impact if every person in every Kentucky Baptist church filled a backpack."

Included with each backpack will be a copy of the "Christmas Story" leaflet and a postcard to register for the Mailbox Bible Club, free Bible lessons provided by NAMB's Appalachian Regional Ministry.

To help promote Christmas Backpacks in churches, check out the downloadable resources on the web page.

"I know Kentucky Baptists love the least of these," Chitwood said. "Let's show that love this Christmas."