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We hope that your church is planning to participate in the Christmas Backs this year. The West Metro Baptist Association will be partnering with Hale Community Ministries in Elizabethton, Tennessee, again this year. We will be collecting backpacks filled with items for children ages 4 to 14. Please see the list of suggested items to pack, how to pack your backpacks, and how to label your backpacks. Please follow the specific guidelines, as we are trying to make this as touch-less as possible of a process this year due to COVID-19. The collection date will be October 26, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Beulah Baptist Church.

The WMBA has 400 / 17 inch backpacks for our WMBA churches to reimburse us for use with the Christmas Backpacks, $3.00 per backpack. Please contact Cathy Whitten to acquire your backpacks.

Gift Suggestions

All zippered backpacks and gifts are to be NEW items. No used items please.

For each NEW zippered backpack, please include:

  • The Christmas Story

  • 2 Ribbons--to indicate gender and age of recipient

  • The 2 ribbons should be tied securely to the backpack

          Gender:               Age:                      

          Blue = Boy           Purple = Ages 2-3  

          Pink = Girl            Yellow = Ages 4-7

                                        Green = Ages 8-10

                                        Red = Ages 11-14

Example:  Girl, age 6 = 1 pink ribbon, 1 yellow ribbon securely tied to the backpack

***Please pack backpacks according to the guidelines below***

TOYS (At least 1 item):  Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, yo-yos, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, small Etch A Sketch, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky, Frisbee, card games such as Ol' Maid, Go Fish, etc.

HYGIENE ITEMS (At least 2 items):  Toothbrush, Toothpaste, mild bar soap (boxed and in a plastic bag), shampoo (securely sealed & in a plastic bag), hairbrush, comb, pony tail holders, barrettes, hair clips, washcloth, etc.

OTHER (At least 2 items):  Children's or Teen Bible (KJV, God's Word, or CSB version), age-appropriate Christian books, sunglasses, toy jewelry, watches, or flashlights (with batteries)

FOOD (At least 2 items):  Canned food items with a pop top (nothing that requires a can opener and no plastic containers), protein bars, hard candy (NO chocolate) and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, or gum--NO food items with peanut butter or nuts

CLOTHING (At least 2 items. All clothing must be new with tags/packaging): T-shirts, underwear, socks, warm hat, gloves, scarf, ball cap, fleece pullover, warm outerwear, etc.

Additional Ideas to consider for older kids (11-14)

GIRLS:  Lip gloss, costume jewelry, friendship bracelets, craft kits, hand held electronic games, journals, fun socks & slippers, doodle books, Spirograph kit, or feminine Hygiene supplies 

BOYS:  LEGOS, hand electronic games, journals, flashlights (with extra batteries), basketball, soccer ball, or NERF football

  • Please do not include any food items that are perishable or can be easily crushed or opened while in transit.

  • Please do not include guns or knives.

  •  Backpacks need to be packed in medium (18x18x16) size boxes with 4 to each box if possible. (These boxes can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, or a shipping packing store.)

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