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.
WAYS YOU AND YOUR CHURCH CAN HELP:
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:
Small items of NEW items of warm clothing
such as winter hats, gloves, socks, scarves, etc.
Small pop-top canned food
such as ravioli, tuna, beef stew, vegetables, fruit (3-4 cans)
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
A children’s Bible
or youth Bible (no one version is required
) Please make sure that every pack has a Bible in it!
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
. 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!
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.
2020 COLLECTION SITES
Please plan to bring your backpacks to one of these locations on Saturday, November 7
between the hours of 9:00 am and noon
. The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Additional sites may be added
, so you may want to check back before transporting.
|Colerain Baptist Church
||202 N Main Street, Coleraine, NC
|North Roanoke Association
||3856 N Halifax Road, Rocky Mount, NC
|Cherry Point Baptist
||210 Church Road, Havelock, NC
|Grants Creek Baptist
||1401 Old 30 Road, Maysville, NC
|Bible Missionary Baptist
||2833 Tilghman Road North, Wilson, NC
||2736 Castle Hayne Road, Wilmington, NC
|Charity Rebuild Center
||1333 West Charity Road, Rose Hill, NC
|Bladen Baptist Association
||137 Mercer Road, Elizabethtown, NC
|Zion’s Tabernacle Baptist
||3496 Tar Heel Road, Lumberton, NC
|North Laurinburg Baptist
||517 Lees Mill Road, Laurinburg, NC
|South Erwin Baptist
||144 Old Cut Off Road, Erwin, NC
||3414 N Shiloh Road, Garner, NC
|Olive Chapel Baptist
||600 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC
|Pleasant Grove Baptist
||2677 Highway 56, Creedmoor, NC
|Beulah Baptist Association
||230 South Morgan Street, Roxboro, NC
||400 South Broad Street, Burlington, NC
|New Friendship Baptist
||4258 Old Lexington Rd, Winston-Salem, NC
|Eva Drive Baptist
||2390 Eva Drive, Concord, NC
||4311 Love Mill Road, Stanfield, NC
||5709 Philadelphia Ch Rd, Marshville, NC
||2232 Brandon Hills Road, Yadkinville, NC
|Surry Baptist Association
||364 Welch Road, Mount Airy, NC
||325 Shasta Lane, Lenoir, NC
|Mount Ruhama Baptist
||3273 Mount Ruhama Church Road, Maiden NC
|Mountain View Baptist
||5045 East Maiden Road, Maiden NC
|South Fork Association
||2261 Laboratory Road, Lincolnton, NC
||828 9th Avenue NE, Hickory, NC
|Pleasant Grove Baptist
||1564 Silverstone Road, Zionville, NC
|Berry Chapel Baptist
||280 Chapel Street, Spruce Pine, NC
||227 Hazel Mill Rd, Asheville, NC
|Sandy Run Association
||186 Puzzle Creek Rd, Bostic, NC
|Pleasant Grove Baptist
||130 Pleasant Grove Road, Rutherfordton, NC
|Calvary Baptist Church
||133 Osborne Road, Brevard, NC
|Macon Baptist Association
||110 Doraul Street, Franklin, NC