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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 18. Please see the list of suggested items to pack, how to pack your backpacks, and how to label your backpacks. The collection date will be October 25, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Beulah Church.

The WMBA is offering 17" backpacks for the reimbursement cost of $3.00 each while supplies last. 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           Yellow = Ages 4-7

          Pink = Girl            Green = Ages 8-10

                                        Red = Ages 11-15

                                        White = Ages 16-18 

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

               PACKING GUIDELINES                

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: Please NO FOOD.  Candy is acceptable and would be appreciated. Hard candy, lollipops, mints, or gum (no chocolate). Please double bag all candy. NO candy 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 note that the ages requested this year begin with age 4 and go through age 18.

  • 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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