Share a gift of love and the gospel with a child in need.

In Tennessee, 22.4% of children live in poverty. For some of these children, a backpack from Tennessee Baptists may be all they receive for Christmas.

Christmas Backpacks are Child-Focused, Christ Centered and Church Connected

Every effort is made to connect the child and their family with a local church. Each Christmas Backpack provides an opportunity to share the gospel with a child.

How can you be involved?

  • Pray – Start praying today for the boys and girls who will receive Christmas Backpacks
  • Participate – You, your family, your church, and your organization can become involved by preparing Christmas Backpacks for Children and Teens
  • Partner – You can partner with a church or compassion ministry that is distributing Christmas Backpacks


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How to Pack a Backpack

Each backpack will have two color ribbons attached to indicate age and gender.

  • Ages:
    • 4-7 – Yellow
    • 8-10 – Green
    • 11-15 – Red
  • Gender:
    • Boy – Blue
    • Girl – Pink

Start with a NEW, zippered backpack. Choose gender and securely tie two ribbons to the outside (see ribbon color key above). Fill with NEW gifts (see suggestions below). Pray specifically for the child that will receive your backpack. Take your backpack to a designated collection site.

Gift Suggestions

Always include a copy of the provided Christmas Story (Download and Print here).

Toys: Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, small music instruments, yo-yos, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, toys that light up or make noise (include extra batteries) Slinky, Frisbee, card games, etc.

Hygiene Items: Toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (boxed and in a plastic bag), hairbrush, comb, washcloth, ponytail holders, hair clips, etc.

Other: Children’s Bible or Teen Bible, hard candy (no chocolate), lollipops (double bag all candy), mints, gum, socks, t-shirts, hats, sunglasses, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (include extra batteries), age-appropriate Christian books, pop-top cans of food, etc.

Ideas for Older Kids (10-14):

Girls: lip gloss, costume jewelry, scarves, friendship bracelets, craft kits, journals, fun socks, slippers, doodle books, etc.

Boys: Legos, card games, hand held electronic games, basketball, soccer ball, NERF football, etc.

Please note: Unless specifically requested, backpacks should NOT include school supplies and food. Christmas Backpacks are given as Christmas gifts to children in need.

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Download Resources:

Click on links below to download and print resources:

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Backpack Collection Timeline and Locations:

Englewood Baptist Church – East Campus | Nov. 5-8, 2018, 9am-4pm
1646 Highway 70 East, Jackson

TBMB Missions Mobilization Center | Nov. 5-8, 2018, 9am-4pm
6434 John Hagar Road, Mt. Juliet

God’s Warehouse | Nov. 5-8, 2018, 9am-4pm
3441 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy, Morristown

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Joe Sorah, Compassion Ministries Specialist | 423-895-1481

Carrie Kidd, Ministry Assistant | 615-371-2025

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