Nearly 6,000 Christmas backpacks and counting on more


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Baptist churches are getting in the Christmas spirit early by filling backpacks with gifts for needy children in Kentucky.

Nearly 6,000 Christmas backpacks are expected to be delivered by the end of week at drop-off sites across the state, said Eric Allen, Kentucky Baptist Convention Missions Mobilization leader.

The Kentucky Baptist Convention, in partnership with Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union and the North American Mission Board, had a goal of collecting 5,000 new backpacks to be distributed by missionaries and ministries in Kentucky and Cincinnati.

Allen said the generous response by churches, Sunday School groups and individuals has been a wonder to behold.

“And there’s still time to get involved,” Allen said. “Let’s share the gospel message and the joy of the Christmas season with families who are less fortunate,” said Allen.

Among the new clothes, toys and non-perishable food items stuffed inside new backpacks, each child will receive leaflet about the Christmas story and a postcard to register for additional free Bible lessons provided by Appalachian Regional Ministries’ Mailbox Bible Club.

Churches can deliver boxes of backpacks at any one of 30 Baptist associational collection sites through Friday, Oct. 20. For more information, go to



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