CLINTON, Ky. (KT) — Churches of the West Kentucky Baptist Association once again will participate in the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Christmas Backpacks for Children program but has a more immediate backpack program underway.
The association of 35 churches in far west Kentucky will be supplying back-to-school backpacks for students in the three county school systems in Hickman, Carlisle and Fulton counties, along with students at Carr Elementary in the Fulton City school system.
Glen Stewart, associational mission strategist and pastor of Milburn Baptist Church, presented the backpack program idea at the association’s semiannual meeting Tuesday night at Clinton Second Baptist Church. It was unanimously approved.
Stewart has ordered 240 backpacks, and asked churches to make donations or provide supplies to fill the backpacks, which will include a Bible and a gospel tract for children in addition to school supplies.
The association approached the school districts regarding the backpack idea. Stewart said many churches may opt to make donations rather than buying the supplies. “With the COVID-19 situation, many people don’t want to get out to shop for these items,” Stewart noted. “Churches can make donations, which works out well because we can order the supplies cheaper than you can buy them at retail stores.”
The association is working on a tight timeframe. At least one of the school systems is opening in late August.
After that project is completed, the association will be working on Christmas backpacks, meeting with KBC representatives in the near future to finalize plans for that project.
KBC is asking churches to beat the goal of 10,000 backpacks statewide. “Many of the backpacks will be distributed in state to children living in poverty, while others will go to needy children in our partnership SEND city, Cincinnati,” according to a KBC announcement. The backpack initiative is a partnership with Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union. More information and resources are available at www.kybaptist.org/backpacks.