Why choose Christmas Backpacks?
There are many ministry options at Christmas – why choose SBCV Christmas Backpacks?
These gifts are given to children in need, but more than just a backpack is offered. The backpacks help create community outreach events to proclaim the Good News of Christ at Christmas. In supporting this work, you can be sure that your generosity prepares the soil for sharing Jesus while blessing families.
“Two families came to faith in Jesus as a result of the generosity and gospel opportunity of our backpack outreach.” – Ayman L. – SBCV International Leader, Northern Virginia
“Every school aged child in our town was able to receive a backpack and hear that Jesus loves them. Thank you.” – Billy G. -SBCV Church Planter, Saltville
“Not only did we get to help underprivileged kids (I’m sure that the backpack is all some will get for Christmas) but more importantly we got to share Jesus with others who may not have ever heard about his love.” – Gary O. – SBCV Pastor, Haysi
1. Get Ready
All items need to be new • Backpacks should be full-sized with zippers • Choose items that could be enjoyed by both girls and boys • Shop with an age range in mind: Elementary School (K-5th grades) | Middle School (6th-8th grades) | High School (9th-12th grades)
2. Fill the Backpack
To ensure that children receive backpacks similar in content and cost, please adhere to these guidelines.
- 1 school supply pouch filled with sharpened #2 pencils, a small sharpener, a pack of colored pencils, ink pens
- 1 personal journal or coloring book (whichever is age appropriate)
- 1 refillable water bottle
- 1 gallon Ziplock bag for personal items—toothbrush and paste, hairbrush, travel sized soap and shampoo
- 1 gallon Ziplock bag with food supplies— cheese crackers, squeeze applesauce, breakfast bars
- 1 quart size Ziplock bag with candy treats—skittles, suckers, anything non-chocolate
- 1 set of winter gloves and hat (age/size appropriate)
- 1 small sized non-electronic toy (yo-yo, cards, game, bubbles, stuffed animal) No toy guns or knives.
- 1 age appropriate Bible or spiritual book (Recommended books for 4-7 year olds and 8-14 year olds.)
All contents need to fit inside of the zipped backpack.
3. Identify the Backpack Age
Tie a piece of yarn to the backpack to identify the age category.
- Elementary School – Green
- Middle School – Red
- High School – Yellow
Pray for God to minister to the child and family receiving this gift.
Please drop off backpacks by Wednesday, November 3rd. Contact your nearest location for office hours and any other drop-off information.
Central-West & Southside
Are the backpacks still going to Appalachia?
Yes, most of the backpacks are used in the Appalachian region of Virginia in partnership with SBCV local churches serving impoverished communities. Additionally, SBCV partners serving in regional hunger ministry sites or with immigrant populations may apply to receive backpacks for ministry use.
Why is the backpack content specific?
This is a best practice gained from learned experience. Having a general guideline for contents helps ensure that children have equitable gifts.