Georgia Baptists are challenged to provide 20,000 backpacks for children in Appalachia. Reaching this monumental goal will allow Appalachian Regional Ministries to share a gift of love along with the Gospel message, with children living in poverty throughout Appalachia this Christmas.

At Ewing Road, there are three ways in which you can get involved:

  1. Donate a filled backpack for a child in Appalachia.
  2. Donate a backpack or some of the backpack contents to be combined with the donations of others.
  3. Give a financial gift to be used to purchase backpacks and supplies.


Here are the guidelines for preparing backpacks:

·Use one NEW, zippered backpack of any color for each child.

·Determine whether your backpack will be for a girl or boy.

·Select an age category: 2-4; 5-9; 10-14 years of age

·Use a Christmas label to clearly indicate a boy or girl and the age category selected.

·Fill the backpack with a variety of gifts. (*See below)

·Securely tape the label to the outside of the backpack.

·Pray specifically for the child that will receive your backpack.


Please bring backpacks to the church by Sunday, October 27.

*Christmas in Appalachia Gift Suggestions:
 (All gifts are to be NEW items. No used items please)

small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), game toys, Slinky®, etc.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES:pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

HYGIENE ITEMS:toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (boxed and in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.

OTHER:hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), age-appropriate religious books, Bible, and pop-top cans of food.

Remember, you can bring a filled backpack, or some of the above contents to combine with the gifts of others to fill a backpack.

Deadline for contributions:Sunday, October 27

Backpack filling party:Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 pm