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Appalachian Christmas Outreach

North Carolina Baptists have responded to Appalachian Christmas Outreach 2019 in tremedous fashion! 17,531 Christmas backpacks were collected, filled, and distrubuted this year, far exceeding our goal of 16,000! Praise be to God! Please continue to pray for the children and families who were touched by this ministry all over the Appalachian region. Pray that the Gospel truth of Christ's love will become real in their lives! Thank you to all who were a part of this meaningful ministry! 2020 information will be posted in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

The Appalachian Coalfields Ministry, sponsored by 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 2019. Our goal is to collect 16,000 backpacks of items to be distributed to Appalachian children in areas of need in December 2019. Statewide collection date will be Saturday, November 2. 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 2 (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, underwear, scarves, etc.
b) Small pop-top canned food such as ravioli, tuna, beef stew, vegetables, fruit (3-4 cans)
c) At least one 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.
d) Hygiene items including toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, washcloth, brush or comb, shampoo, deodorant (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)
f) A children’s Bible or youth Bible (no one version is required)
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. New for 2019: 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: Websites for Bibles:            Websites for Toys/Games
Dollar Days All Dollar Days
Bacpacks, USA Biblica Hollar
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 2019. 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 2 between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm, 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 8 for processing, which will take place the next day, Saturday, November 9.

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. Teams wishing to participate must register through NCBM’s Appalachian Coalfields Partnership. Instructions will be sent to the team leader. We will also need some to simply deliver backpacks to ministry sites.

Please plan to bring your backpacks to one of these locations on Saturday, November 2 between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pmThe 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
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 910-675-8704
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
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
Brookdale Baptist 2511 South Ridge Avenue, Kannapolis, NC Kendra Wilson 315-414-7291
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
Mountain View Baptist 5045 E. Maiden Road, Maiden NC April Moss 828-514-1082
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 828-248-1145
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
Faith Baptist Church 714 Webster Road, Sylva, NC Tracy Salter 828-736-6174
Macon Baptist Association 110 Doraul Street, Franklin, NC Edith Holland 828-371-2303


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