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Appalachian Christmas Outreach

North Carolina Baptists collected, filled, and delivered 11,355 Christmas backpacks in 2017. Praise be to God!
Our goal for 2018 is 12,000 backpacks. Won't you and your church help us make a child's Christmas life-changing?

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 2018Our goal is to collect 12,000 backpacks of items to be distributed to Appalachian children in areas of need in December 2018. Statewide collection date will be Saturday, November 3. 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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WAYS YOU AND YOUR CHURCH CAN HELP:

1) COLLECT ITEMS AND PREPARE BACKPACKS to be taken to a regional distribution center on Saturday, November 3 (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:
 
1) Small items of NEW clothing such as winter hats, gloves, socks, underwear, rolled t-shirts
2) Small pop-top canned food such as ravioli, tuna, beef stew, vegetables, fruit (3-4 cans)
3) At least one NEW, age appropriate non-breakable toy (no toy weapons, please!)
4) Hygiene items including toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, washcloth, brush or comb, shampoo, deodorant 
     (try to fit these items into a one gallon Ziploc bag).
5) A children’s Bible or youth Bible (no one version is required)
6) Fresh, wrapped candy (no chocolate please, as it may melt)
7) 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). 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: Age groupings for this year are 4-7, 8-10 or 11-15. Due to labels falling off in previous years, we are going to a ribbon system for labeling starting in 2018. A royal blue (or similar) ribbon will indicate a boy’s backpack. A pink ribbon will indicate a girl’s backpack. In addition, a yellow ribbon will indicate that the backpack is for ages 4-7, a green ribbon for ages 8-10, and a red ribbon for ages 11-15.  

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 may 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 Bibles.com 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 2018. 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 3 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 9 for processing that will take place the next day, Saturday, November 10.

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. Update: At this time, all sites who have asked for a partner church have been matched. 

COLLECTION SITES
(Additional sites MAY be listed later in the year - please check back before delivering your packs )
Plan to bring your backpacks to one of these locations on Saturday, November 3 between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. The contact number provided is only in case you need to contact someone while en route to deliver your backpacks. For questions prior to collection, contact Mark Abernathy at 919-459-5607. Click here for a printable collection site list. 
 
Church Address Contact Person Phone
       
Colerain Baptist 202 North Main Street, Colerain, NC Michelle Saffell 252-506-1546
North Roanoake Assoc. 3856 N Halifax Road, Rocky Mount, NC John Hamm 252-443-3883
Bible Missionary Baptist 2833 Tilghman Road North, Wilson, NC Mary Murphy 252-315-9220
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
Wrightsboro Baptist 2736 Castle Hayne Road, Wilmington, NC Carolyn Benton 910-675-8704
Eastern Baptist Association 109 North Center Street, Warsaw, NC Tammy Weeks 910-385-1567
Long Branch Baptist 2868 Minnie Hall Road, Autryville, NC Rick Spell 910-818-8452
North Laurinburg Baptist 517 Lees Mill Road, Laurinburg, NC Brenda Bullard 910-217-2345
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 Julie Dolinger 919-744-9530
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
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
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
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
Pleasant Grove Baptist 130 Pleasant Grove Road, Rutherfordton, NC Wilda Hodge 828-287-3688
Light & Hope Min. Center Nicholson Creek Road, Brevard, NC Kathie Aiken 828-553-8785
Faith Baptist Church 714 Webster Road, Sylva, NC Tracy Salter 828-736-6174

  Appalachian Christmas Outreach Opportunities  
ACO18-001 Peytona, WV

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ACO18-003 Webster Springs, WV

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ACO18-004 Saltville, VA

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ACO18-005 Coeburn, VA

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ACO18-006 Benham, KY

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ACO18-007 Harrisburg, PA

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ACO18-009 Little Birch, WV

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ACO18-010 Cowen, WV

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ACO18-011 Welch, WV

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ACO18-013 Ivydale, WV

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ACO18-014 Steubenville, OH

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ACO18-015 Traphill, NC

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ACO18-016 Saltville, VA

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ACO18-017 Clintwood, VA

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ACO18-018 West Jefferson, NC

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ACO18-019 Clyde, NC

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ACO18-020 Summersville, WV

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ACO18-021 Jonesville, VA

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ACO18-023 Rose Hill, VA

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ACO18-024 Spencer, WV

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ACO18-025 Tamaqua, PA

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ACO18-026 Rupert, WV

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ACO18-027 Keokee, VA

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ACO18-028 Mallory, WV

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ACO18-029 Butler, PA

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ACO18-008 Summersville, WV

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ACO18-030 Evarts, Kentucky

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ACO18-031 Iaegar, West Virginia

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