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Appalachian Christmas Outreach

Thank you for your support of Appalachian Christmas Outreach in 2020! This was a challenging year for all - but God blessed this ministry abundantly through the generousity of so many individuals and churches from across our state! 16,480 backpacks were collected, filled, and delivered to children all over the Appalachian area. This ministry continues to make an eternal difference in so many lives! We would love for you and your church to be a part of this meaningful ministry in 2021. INFORMATION FOR ACO 2021 WILL BE POSTED BELOW BY THE END OF JANUARY. STAY TUNED!

The Appalachian Coalfields Ministry, sponsored by Baptists on Mission (NCBM), seeks to meet physical and spiritual needs of people living in the Appalachian Area. Working with scores of ministry centers and small churches in five Appalachian states, we help mobilize volunteers and resources to meet needs. One of the greatest ministry needs in this area occurs around Christmastime. NCBM is calling on churches statewide to respond to this need through Appalachian Christmas Outreach 2020. Our goal is to collect 18,000 backpacks of items to be distributed to Appalachian children in areas of need in December 2020. Statewide collection date will be Saturday, November 7. Collection areas will be set up across the state for churches to bring their backpacks.

What kind of difference does this ministry make? Click here to see responses from some of the children who have recieved backpacks.

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1) COLLECT ITEMS AND PREPARE BACKPACKS to be taken to a regional distribution center on Saturday, November 7 (a list of collection sites will be listed below later in the year). We encourage churches to begin collecting and filling the packs early – and throughout the year. Each zippered school backpack should include:
A) Small items of NEW items of warm clothing such as winter hats, gloves, socks, scarves, etc.
B) Small pop-top canned food such as ravioli, tuna, beef stew, vegetables, fruit (3-4 cans)
C) At least 1-2 NEW, age appropriate non-breakable toy (no toy weapons, please!) This can include small cars, balls, dolls, small stuffed animals, yo-yos, jump rope, sidewalk chalk, card games, Legos, etc. For oldest age group (15-17) substitute an appropriate item instead of a toy, such as, a flashlight, small thermos, light blanket, books, hunting and fishing magazines for the boys - jewelry, books, skin care products, hair accessories, etc. for girls.
D) Hygiene items including full sized containers of toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, and deoderant, as well as toothbrush, soap, washcloth, brush or comb.  (Please fit these items into a one gallon Ziploc bag so they do not leak out into the rest of the backpack).
E) Fresh, wrapped candy (no chocolate please, as it may melt; and no peanut products)
F) A children’s Bible or youth Bible (no one version is required) Please make sure that every pack has a Bible in it!
G) A copy of "The Christmas Story" **
**We ask that you enclose a copy of the Christmas story in each bag. You can download and print a .pdf copy of it here from our website (see link above). Printing Tip: If  the second page prints out upsidedown, choose "short edge - top"  binding option under your printing preferences. You may have to click "Print using system dialog" to get to your advanced preferences.  Packing hint: The Bible and Christmas Story flyer seem to fit best in the front pocket of the backpack.
Age Grouping and Labeling. Each backpack should be labeled boy or girl as well as the appropriate age. Age groupings for this year are 4-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17. Due to labels falling off in previous years, we went to a ribbon system for labeling last year, and it proved to be very effective. Each backpack will have two 10 inch ribbons tied to them - one to indicate gender and one for age, as follows:

                            Blue ribbon will indicate a boy’s backpack.
                            Pink ribbon will indicate a girl’s backpack.

                           Yellow ribbon will indicate that the backpack is for ages 4-7
                           Green ribbon for ages 8-10
                           Red ribbon for ages 11-14
                           White ribbon for ages 15-17. 

We ask that you prepare your backpack as you would for your own child or grandchild, with new items, not used ones. This quality gift could be the only Christmas present this child receives, and will be a witness of Christ’s love!
Websites for: School Backpacks Bibles            Toys/Games Other
Dollar Days All Dollar Days Eros Wholesale
Bacpacks, USA Biblica Hollar Blowout Medical (for combs/brushes)
Wholesale Stock Room              Ollies Empire Discount  
Bags in Bulk Family Christian Mattel Charity Sales  
Search "Discount Backpacks" Bibles by the Case    
ACO Associational Representatives - Several have agreed to be Appalachian Christmas Outreach representatives for their association in 2020. They are available to give advice, support, and to possibly come speak to you and your church about how to be involved in this ministry effort. Please contact them directly if you would like their assitance. If your association is not listed, feel free to contact the representative closest to you. (Click here to see the current list of ACO Associational Representatives)

2) BE A COLLECTION SITE FOR YOUR AREA for the Christmas backpacks. We need churches and/or association offices who can have volunteers ready to meet and assist those who might bring backpacks by on Saturday, November 7 between the hours of 9 am and noon, and who can provide either an enclosed trailer, box truck. or building space for the backpacks to be stored. The collection site will then be responsible for transporting backpacks collected to either Shelby  Mission Camp or Red Springs Mission Camp (near Lumberton) on Friday, November 13 for processing, which will take place the next day, Saturday, November 14.

3) PARTNER WITH AN APPALACHIAN MINISTRY and/or DELIVER BACKPACKS TO A MINISTRY SITE. Some ministry sites in the Appalachian region have requested NC churches to come conduct a Christmas outreach event in conjunction with the distribution of the backpacks. These events may include preparation of food, games, a gospel presentation, etc . Your church would deliver and distribute filled backpacks to the ministry site at the event and participate in ministry activities, which will be planned according to the desires and direction of the ministry center/church. We will also need some churches to simply deliver backpacks to needed areas. Teams wishing to participate must register through Baptists on Mission’s Appalachian Coalfields Partnership. Instructions will be sent to the team leader. 

Please plan to bring your backpacks to one of these locations on Saturday, November 7 between the hours of 9:00 am and noonThe contact number is provided only if you need to contact someone while en route to deliver your backpacks. If you have questions prior to collection, please contact Mark Abernathy at 919-459-5607 or at Additional sites may be added, so you may want to check back before transporting.
Church Address Contact Person Phone
Colerain Baptist Church 202 N Main Street, Coleraine, NC Karen Brooks 252-331-3769
North Roanoke Association 3856 N Halifax Road, Rocky Mount, NC John Hamm 252-532-5275
Cherry Point Baptist 210 Church Road, Havelock, NC Marion Sykes 252-474-8182
Grants Creek Baptist 1401 Old 30 Road, Maysville, NC Chris Bailey 910-545-3524
Bible Missionary Baptist 2833 Tilghman Road North, Wilson, NC Mary Murphy 252-315-9220
Wrightsboro Baptist 2736 Castle Hayne Road, Wilmington, NC Carolyn Benton 910-231-8704 
Charity Rebuild Center 1333 West Charity Road, Rose Hill, NC Tammy Weeks 910-385-1567
Bladen Baptist Association 137 Mercer Road, Elizabethtown, NC David Foster 252-532-5977
Zion’s Tabernacle Baptist 3496 Tar Heel Road, Lumberton, NC Mack Johnson 910-785-3141
North Laurinburg Baptist 517 Lees Mill Road, Laurinburg, NC Brenda Bullard 910-217-2345
South Erwin Baptist 144 Old Cut Off Road, Erwin, NC Heather Faircloth 910-514-1294
Shiloh Baptist 3414 N Shiloh Road, Garner, NC  Lee Smith 919-553-3319
Olive Chapel Baptist 600 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC Karen Medlin 919-452-6598
Pleasant Grove Baptist 2677 Highway 56, Creedmoor, NC David Herman 919-815-4987
Beulah Baptist Association 230 South Morgan Street, Roxboro, NC Kay Coates 919-215-3222
FBC Burlington 400 South Broad Street, Burlington, NC Mary Alexander 336-449-0752
New Friendship Baptist 4258 Old Lexington Rd, Winston-Salem, NC Pat White 336-816-0834
Eva Drive Baptist 2390 Eva Drive, Concord, NC Keith Navey 704-791-8541
Kinza Baptist 4311 Love Mill Road, Stanfield, NC Delaine Eudy 704-242-0755
Philadelphia Baptist 5709 Philadelphia Ch Rd, Marshville, NC Caroll Anthony 980-328-5610
Bethel Baptist 2232 Brandon Hills Road, Yadkinville, NC Mike Ely 336-469-0829
Surry Baptist Association 364 Welch Road, Mount Airy, NC Terry Hardy 336-366-4729
Lakeview Baptist 325 Shasta Lane, Lenoir, NC Miranda Denning 828-394-9713
Mount Ruhama Baptist 3273 Mount Ruhama Church Road, Maiden NC Beth Trouille 704-472-0650
Mountain View Baptist 5045 East Maiden Road, Maiden NC April Moss 828-514-1082
South Fork Association 2261 Laboratory Road, Lincolnton, NC    Marie Coffey 704-619-1730
Highland Baptist 828 9th Avenue NE, Hickory, NC Terry Short 828-446-0990
Pleasant Grove Baptist 1564 Silverstone Road, Zionville, NC  Jackie Lawrence 828-964-0408
Berry Chapel Baptist 280 Chapel Street, Spruce Pine, NC  Arnold Winters 828-765-6865
Buncombe Association 227 Hazel Mill Rd, Asheville, NC Beth Rogers 828-775-3434
Sandy Run Association 186 Puzzle Creek Rd, Bostic, NC Debbie Sersland 828-980-1807
Pleasant Grove Baptist 130 Pleasant Grove Road, Rutherfordton, NC Wilda Hodge 828-287-3688
Calvary Baptist Church 133 Osborne Road, Brevard, NC Kathie Aiken 828-553-8785
Macon Baptist Association 110 Doraul Street, Franklin, NC Edith Holland 828-371-2303


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