2017 Backpacks Of Hope

 

The Backpacks for Appalachia project is changing to Backpacks of Hope and is expanding!  Going forward, it will include the children and youth in Appalachia AND the children and youth in the most poverty stricken counties in Southwest Georgia.

The goal for Backpacks of Hope for 2017 is a God-sized goal of 35,000 backpacks.  All Georgia Baptist churches can help meet the physical and spiritual needs of these children and youth by participating in meeting this goal.

To get started, please review the guidelines and basic information on the tabs above.  Then click here to register your church’s, association’s, or ministry’s participation.   (Registration is required for the required printed materials to be sent, and for planning, and tracking.)

Below is a video overview that can be downloaded and used to promote this great project.

To download this video click here > https://vimeo.com/215835894

To download a one minute version of the video, click here https://vimeo.com/215837188

NOTE:  After page loads look below video for “Download” button and click to choose download format.

1. Destination

A.  Backpacks may be collected and taken to a location you already have a partnership with within Appalachia or Georgia.  (Online registration is still required.)

B.  You may adopt a ministry site through the list on the online registration form.

C.  You may take your collected backpacks to the Georgia Baptist Convention Annual Meeting or to one of other collection sites in the state.  These backpacks will fill the unmet needs at sites that have not been adopted.

2. Transportation:  NAMB is once again helping us with transportation, but will only be picking backpacks up at the sites in Georgia listed below (C.).

A.  If you adopt a ministry site, you assume the responsibility of transporting your backpacks to that site.

B.  If you choose to let the Georgia Baptist Mission Board use your backpacks to fill unmet needs in Appalachia and Georgia, you may either:

C.  Take them to one of the sites in Georgia:

  • Georgia Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, North Metro Baptist Church – 1026 Old Peachtree Road NE, Lawrenceville Sunday, November 12:  2:00 – 7:00 PM Monday, November 13:  9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Tuesday, November 14:  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Belmont Baptist Church (Gordon Memorial Baptist Association) – 275 W Belmont Drive, Calhoun Monday – Thursday, November 6-9:  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • First Baptist Church Statesboro (Ogeechee River Baptist Association) – 108 N Main Street, Statesboro Monday – Friday, November 6-10:  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Perry Fellowship Hall main entrance at the rear of the facility – covered round-about)
  • Kilpatrick Baptist Association – 1784 Wrens Hwy, Thomson Monday – Thursday, November 6-9:  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Mt. Yonah Baptist Church (White County Association) – 882 Asbestos Road, Cleveland Monday – Thursday, November 6-9:  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • North Metro Baptist Church (Gwinnett Metro Association) – 1026 Old Peachtree Road NE, Lawrenceville Monday – Thursday, November 6-9:  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Northside Baptist Church (Mell Baptist Association) – 4605 Murray Avenue, Tifton Monday – Wednesday, November 6-8:  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Steeple side of church – Foyer.  Please call ahead for large deliveries.)

D. Contact Stuart Lang to arrange pick-up and transportation of the backpacks for you:  backpacks@gabaptist.org.  (For logistical scheduling, all requests must be received by October 26, 2017, for pickup the week of November 6.)

3.  Timing: It is entirely up to you when you choose to promote and collect the backpacks.  Please keep in mind that if you put candy or food in the backpacks, you probably don’t need to collect them too early.  So if you collect backpacks in late summer or early fall, please wait until November to add the candy and food items.   Absolutely no chocolate or other candy that melts!

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  • Register your participation in the Backpacks of Hope project – Please click here to begin the registration process.
  • Backpacks AND the contents need to be NEW. (IMPORTANT:  Sites requiring specific types of backpacks are indicated on the registration as well as the “Ministry Sites to Adopt” list on the Resources tab.) 
  • Review the list of suggested items, “How to pack a Backpack” on the Resources tab.
  • Backpacks need to be packed in medium (18x18x16) size boxes.  (These boxes can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, or a shipping/packing store.)
  • Boxes need to be taped on the top and bottom, not just folded.
  • The “Christmas Story” and the “A.R.M. Mailbox Bible Club” postcard will be mailed to you to be placed in each backpack.  In addition, the backpack tags that need to be secured on each backpack with string or yarn will also be mailed to you.
  • If you adopt a ministry site, it is essential that you arrange transport of your backpacks to that site with the designated leader for that site.  The contact information for the designated leader of the site will be provided on your registration confirmation.
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Q:  Why did the name change to Backpacks of Hope?

A:  Because this project is expanding to include other areas in addition to Appalachia.  This year, the project expanded to include the children and youth in the most poverty stricken counties in Southwest Georgia.

 

Q:  What’s our goal for 2017?

A:  35,000!  We encourage you to set a goal for your church and/or association.

 

Q:  What is my first step to participate in Backpacks of Hope?

A:  Review all the tabs on this website for the guidelines and basic information.  Then click here to register your participation.

 

Q:  If I am already partnering with a ministry site, do I still need to register?

A:  Yes.  This will help us ensure that all sites requests are being met and will prompt the mailing of the required printed materials to you that go in each backpack.

 

Q:  Who do I contact if I need more of the “Christmas Story”, the “A.R.M Mailbox Bible Club” postcard, or the backpack tags?

A:  Email your request to backpacks@gabaptist.org.

 

Q:  Can we help with the distribution of backpacks at the ministry site?

A:  Yes.  One of the options is for you to adopt a site for personal involvement.

 

Q:  What areas are Georgia Baptists focusing on?

A:  In Appalachia:  Georgia, Kentucky, New York, Tennessee, West Virginia.  In Southwest Georgia:  Bethel Baptist Association (Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Early, Quitman, and Randolph Counties), Summerhill Baptist Association (Stewart, Terrell, and Webster Counties)

 

Q:  I’d like to adopt a site but don’t think I can handle transportation of the backpacks that far.  What do I do?

A:  Since one of the criteria of adopting a site is to deliver the backpacks to that site, your best option would be to either bring your backpacks to one of the collection sites in Georgia or contact Stuart Lang (backpacks@gabaptist.org) to arrange for them to be picked up.  Keep in mind that all backpacks that come through the Georgia Baptist Mission Board collection sites will be used to fill the gaps.  If you bring your backpacks to one of our collection sites, we cannot guarantee which ministry site they will go to.  (For logistical scheduling, all requests must be received by October 26, 2017, for pick up the week of November 6.)

 

Q:  I can’t find anyone in my association to take the backpacks to one of the collection sites.

A:  Contact Stuart Lang (backpacks@gabaptist.org) for all logistical questions in getting backpacks to the annual meeting.   (For logistical scheduling, all requests must be received by October 26, 2017, for pick up the week of November 6.)

 

Q:  Can I put a Bible in the backpack?

A:  Absolutely. (Recommended version:  God’s Word.  Other versions:  Holman Christian Standard, NEW King James, any other easy to read version, or King James.)

 

Q:  Where can I find a list of ministry sites to consider adopting?  How do I adopt a ministry site?

A:  Go to the Resources tab to view the “Ministry Sites to Adopt” list.  When you have chosen a ministry site, register your participation and choice by clicking here.

 

Q:  I want to adopt a ministry site but can’t fill the quota that they’re asking for. Is that okay?

A:  Yes.  When registering your participation, list how many backpacks you can supply for that ministry site.

 

Q:  Other than putting a copy of “The Christmas Story” and the “A.R.M. Mailbox Bible Club” postcard in each backpack, tying the backpack tag to each bag with string or yarn, and packing and sealing them in medium size packing boxes (18x18x16), is there anything else we need to do on our end?

A:  No.  All other processing will be done at the ministry sites.

 

Q:  Can I help receive backpacks at the Georgia Baptist Annual Meeting?

A:  Absolutely.  Please let Patty Ficarra know of your interest at backpacks@gabaptist.org.

 

Q:  What time can backpacks be dropped off at the Annual Meeting?

A:  Sunday, November 12:  2:00 – 7:00 PM Monday, November 13:  9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Tuesday, November 14:  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

 

Q:  Where are the other collection sites in Georgia and when may I take backpacks to them?

A:

  • Belmont Baptist Church (Gordon Memorial Baptist Association) – 275 W Belmont Drive, Calhoun Monday – Thursday, November 6-9:  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • First Baptist Church Statesboro (Ogeechee River Baptist Association) – 108 N Main Street, Statesboro Monday – Friday, November 6-10:  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Perry Fellowship Hall main entrance at the rear of the facility – covered round-about)
  • Kilpatrick Baptist Association – 1784 Wrens Hwy, Thomson Monday – Thursday, November 6-9:  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Mt. Yonah Baptist Church (White County Association) – 882 Asbestos Road, Cleveland Monday – Thursday, November 6-9:  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • North Metro Baptist Church (Gwinnett Metro Association) – 1026 Old Peachtree Road NE, Lawrenceville Monday – Thursday, November 6-9:  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Northside Baptist Church (Mell Baptist Association) – 4605 Murray Avenue, Tifton Monday – Wednesday, November 6-8:  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Steeple side of church – Foyer.  Please call ahead for large deliveries.)

Q:  Who do I contact if I have any questions about the Backpacks of Hope Project?

A:  Please email all questions and needs to backpacks@gabaptist.org.  Your email will be routed to the appropriate person to respond.  If after you have emailed you feel you need to speak with someone directly, please contact one of the following:  Patty Ficarra (General and Logistics Questions) at 770-936-5254, Emily Hill (General Questions) at 770-936-5219, or Jackie Cooper (General Questions) at 770-936-5222.

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