Backpacks of Hope

For most students a backpack is simply a means of carrying school books to and from home. But for those who struggle with poverty, a backpack can be something more.

For the 17.3 million children in the United States affected by poverty, Christmas does not always come with gifts. Every day is more about survival than celebration. But your church can help change that. Over 500,000 of impoverished children live in Appalachia, and an additional 600,000 live in the Mississippi Delta.  

Mississippi River Ministry and Appalachian Regional Ministry are working with more than 450 compassion ministry sites and church plants across 18 states to deliver backpacks filled with necessities, gifts and goodies to 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.