Backpacks of Hope
For most students a backpack is simply a means of carrying school books to and from home. But for those students who participate in a food program, a backpack can take on a new meaning.
He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner, taking him food and clothing (Deuteronomy 10:18).
For the 17.3 million children in the United States affected by poverty, Christmas does not always come with the promise of gifts—or even a Christmas meal. Every day is more about survival than celebration. But you can help change that. Over 500,000 of those children live in Appalachia, and an additional 600,000 live in the Mississippi Delta.
Mississippi River Ministry and Appalachian Regional Ministry work with more than 450 compassion ministry sites and church plants across 18 states to deliver backpacks filled with necessities, along with lots of gifts and goodies, to impoverished children at Christmas time. Not only do these children receive physical gifts, they also receive a copy of the Christmas story and an opportunity to join the Mailbox club—an age-appropriate Bible study by mail.