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Appalachian Christmas Outreach 2015

The Appalachian Coalfields Ministry, sponsored by NC Baptist Men, seeks to help meet the 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. North Carolina Baptist Men are calling on churches statewide to respond to this need through Appalachian Christmas Outreach 2015. 

Our goal is to collect 10,000 backpacks of items to be distributed to Appalachian children in areas of need in December 2015. Collection areas will be set up across the state for churches to bring their backpacks. 


FOUR WAYS YOU AND YOUR CHURCH CAN HELP:

1) COLLECT ITEMS AND PREPARE BACKPACKS to be taken to a regional distribution center. Start collecting items now and consider setting "target dates" throughout the year - i.e. winter clothing items toys collected by the end of June, school supples by the end of July (when they are usually on sale!). Each zippered school backpacks should each include:
 
1) School supplies such as crayons, notebook paper, pencils, pens, composition books, folders, erasers and rulers
2) Small items of NEW winter clothing such as knit hats, gloves, socks, underwear
3) Small pop-top canned food such as ravioli, tuna, beef stew, vegetables, fruit
4) At least one NEW, age appropriate non-breakable toy (no toy weapons, please)
5) Hygiene items including toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, washcloth, brush or comb, shampoo, deodorant 
(these items should be placed in a one gallon Ziploc bag to keep any from possibly leaking).
6) Fresh, wrapped hard candy (no chocolate please, as it may melt)
7) A children's or youth Bible
8) A copy of "The Christmas Story" and a "Mailbox Bible Club" enrollment. (see below*)
 
*We ask that you enclose a copy of the Christmas story in each bag as well as an enrollment information for the Appalachian Regional Ministry Mailbox Bible Club. This is an ongoing correspondence discipleship program that has been very effective throughout Appalachia. (Click on the link for each one to download). Packing hint: The Bible, Christmas Story flyer, and Mailbox card seem to fit best in the front pocket of the backpack.
 
Each backpack should be labeled boy or girl as well as the appropriate age. Labels should be on cardstock or index card and attached (tied with string, ribbon or tie wraps) to the backpack in a secure manner. Tape does not work well, as it often comes off in transport. We suggest the age groups to be 3-5, 6-9 and 10-14. 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.

Here are a few possibilities for getting good deals on the backpacks:
(There are more as well - just Google "wholesale backpacks.)
Backpacks, USA
Wholesalestockroom.com
Dollar Days
Wholesalebackpack.com

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 both Saturday, November 7, and who can provide either an enclosed trailer or a box truck for the backpacks to be loaded into. The backpacks collected will then be transported to either Shelby  Mission Camp or Red Springs Mission Camp (near Lumberton) on Friday, November 13. 

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. Event may include preparation of food, games, 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 also have some sites that simply need backpacks to be delivered to them. Teams wishing to participate in either of these must register through NCBM’s Appalachian Coalfields Partnership. Instructions will be sent to the team leader. 

4) VOLUNTEER A DAY TO HELP PROCESS THE BACKPACKS. We will need volunteers for a day to assist in the processing of the backpacks that are collected across the state. This processing will take place at Shelby Mission Camp and at Red Springs Mission Camp on Saturday, November 14. If you can assist for a day, please contact the NCBM office by e-mail at mabernathy@ncbaptist.org. Please do not plan to simply show up, as we need to know how many we will have. NCBM will provide lunch for those  day-workers who we have registered.
 
COLLECTION SITES
(Collection sites are being determined and a list of sites will be posted here as we get closer.)
 
Please contact Mark Abernathy at mabernathy@ncbaptist.org or by calling 919-459-5607 if your church plans to collect backpacks, if your church would be willing to be a collection site, if you would like to be partnered with a church in Appalachia for a Christmas outreach event, or if you have any question about the Appalachian Christmas Outreach.  

Key:  Project has been Reserved
 Project NameProject TypeStartEndLocation
     
AC15-001a Outreach/Evangelism/Construction Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 5/1/20159/30/2015 Marlington, WV
United States
AC15-001b Outreach/Evangelism/Construction Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 5/1/20159/30/2015 Marlington, WV
United States
AC15-001c Outreach/Evangelism/Construction Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 5/1/20159/30/2015 Marlington, WV
United States
AC15-002a Block Parties/Evangelism/Outreach Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 5/1/201510/31/2015 St. Clairsville, OH
United States
AC15-002b Block Parties/Evangelism/Outreach Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 5/1/201510/31/2015 St. Clairsville, OH
United States
AC15-003 Evangelism/Nursing Home/Camps Camps / Retreats, Evangelism 1/1/201512/31/2015 Lynch, KY
United States
Filled
AC15-004a Parsonage Remodel/Vacation Bible School Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 5/1/201511/30/2015 Weirton, WV
United States
AC15-004b Parsonage Remodel/Vacation Bible School Construction, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 5/1/201511/30/2015 Weirton, WV
United States
AC15-004c Parsonage Remodel/Vacation Bible School Construction, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 5/1/201511/30/2015 Weirton, WV
United States
Filled
AC15-005a Sports Camp/Construction Camps / Retreats, Construction, Sports 6/1/20158/31/2015 Manchester, KY
United States
Filled
AC15-005b Sports Camp/Construction Camps / Retreats, Construction, Sports 6/1/20158/31/2015 Manchester, KY
United States
Filled
AC15-006a Servant Evangelism/Prayer Walking Evangelism, Prayer 1/1/201512/31/2015 Fayetteville, WV
United States
Filled
AC15-006b Servant Evangelism/Prayer Walking Evangelism, Prayer 6/1/201512/31/2015 Fayetteville, WV
United States
AC15-006c Servant Evangelism/Prayer Walking Evangelism, Prayer 6/1/201512/31/2015 Fayetteville, WV
United States
AC15-006d Servant Evangelism/Prayer Walking Evangelism, Prayer 6/1/201512/31/2015 Fayetteville, WV
United States
AC15-006e Servant Evangelism/Prayer Walking Evangelism, Prayer 6/1/201512/31/2015 Fayetteville, WV
United States
AC15-007a Community Outreach/Construction Construction, Evangelism 4/1/201512/31/2015 Coeburn, VA
United States
AC15-007b Community Outreach/Construction Construction, Evangelism 4/1/201512/31/2015 Coeburn, VA
United States
Filled
AC15-008a Construction/VBS/Outreach Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Williamsburg, KY
United States
AC15-008b Construction/VBS/Outreach Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Williamsburg, KY
United States
AC15-008c Construction/VBS/Outreach Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Williamsburg, KY
United States
AC15-008d Construction/VBS/Outreach Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Williamsburg, KY
United States
AC15-008e Construction/VBS/Outreach Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Williamsburg, KY
United States
AC15-008f Construction/VBS/Outreach Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Williamsburg, KY
United States
AC15-008g Construction/VBS/Outreach Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Williamsburg, KY
United States
Filled
AC15-008h Construction/VBS/Outreach Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Williamsburg, KY
United States
AC15-009 Evangelistic Outreach Evangelism 4/1/201512/31/2015 Bluefield, VA
United States
AC15-010 Event Evangelism Evangelism 4/1/20154/30/2015 Bluefield, VA
United States
Filled
AC15-011a Backpacks of School Supplies Evangelism 8/1/20158/31/2015 Cary, NC
United States
AC15-011b Backpacks of School Supplies Evangelism 8/1/20158/31/2015 Cary, NC
United States
Filled
AC15-012 Construction Construction 1/1/201512/31/2015 Williamsbury, KY
United States
AC15-013a Construction/Outreach Construction, Evangelism 4/1/201510/31/2015 Logan, WV
United States
AC15-013b Construction/Outreach Construction, Evangelism 4/1/201510/31/2015 Logan, WV
United States
AC15-014a Outreach/Construction Construction, Evangelism 3/1/201510/31/2015 Old Fields, WV
United States
Filled
AC15-014b Outreach/Construction Evangelism 3/1/201510/31/2015 Old Fields, WV
United States
AC15-015a Children and Youth Ministries Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 War, WV
United States
AC15-015b Children and Youth Ministries Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 War, WV
United States
Filled
AC15-016a Children and Youth Ministries Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Mars Hill, NC
United States
Filled
AC15-016b Children and Youth Ministries Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Mars Hill, NC
United States
AC15-016c Sports Clinic Evangelism, Sports 1/1/201512/31/2015 Mars Hill, NC
United States
Filled
AC15-017a Home Repair Construction 5/1/201511/30/2015 Fayetteville, WV
United States
Filled
AC15-017b Home Repair Construction 5/1/201511/30/2015 Fayetteville, WV
United States
AC15-017c Home Repair Construction 5/1/201511/30/2015 Fayetteville, WV
United States
AC15-018 Church Construction Construction 1/1/201510/31/2015 Barbourville, KY
United States
AC15-019 Church Renovation Construction 1/1/20155/31/2015 Burnside, KY
United States
Filled
AC15-020a Community Outreach/Servant Evangelism/Prayerwalking Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 12/1/201410/31/2015 Whitley City, KY
United States
AC15-020b Community Outreach/Servant Evangelism/Prayerwalking Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 12/1/201410/31/2015 Whitley City, KY
United States
AC15-020c Community Outreach/Servant Evangelism/Prayerwalking Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 12/1/201410/31/2015 Whitley City, KY
United States
AC15-020d Community Outreach/Servant Evangelism/Prayerwalking Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 12/1/201410/31/2015 Whitley City, KY
United States
AC15-020e Community Outreach/Servant Evangelism/Prayerwalking Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 12/1/201410/31/2015 Whitley City, KY
United States
AC15-021a VBS/Outreach/Construction Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 5/1/201510/31/2015 Ivydale, WV
United States
Filled
AC15-021b VBS/Outreach/Construction Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 5/1/201510/31/2015 Ivydale, WV
United States
AC15-022 Community Outreach Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 5/1/201510/31/2015 Rupert, WV
United States
Filled
AC15-023 Fellowship Hall Remodel Construction 5/1/201510/31/2015 Rupert, WV
United States
AC15-024 Construction/Evangelism/Outreach Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 5/1/201510/31/2015 North Belington, WV
United States
Filled
AC15-025 Ministry Supplies/Outreach Evangelism 1/1/201510/1/2015 Jenkins, KY
United States
AC15-026 Vacation Bible School and Revival Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 6/1/20158/31/2015 Sutton, WV
United States
AC15-027 Wooden Steps and Concrete Sidewalk Construction 4/1/201510/31/2015 Little Birch, WV
United States
AC15-028 House Roof Repair Construction 4/1/201510/31/2015 Little Birch, WV
United States
AC15-029a Ministry Outreach and Construction Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 4/1/201511/30/2015 Webster Springs, WV
United States
AC15-029b Ministry Outreach and Construction Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 4/1/201511/30/2015 Webster Springs, WV
United States
Filled
AC15-030 House Renovation Construction 4/1/201511/30/2015 Fayetteville, WV
United States
AC15-031 Outreach/Construction Construction, Evangelism, Sports, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Charleston, WV
United States
AC15-032 Survey Team Evangelism 1/1/201512/31/2015 Cowen, WV
United States
AC15-033a New House Construction Construction 4/1/201510/31/2015 Sutton, WV
United States
AC15-033b New House Construction Construction 4/1/201510/31/2015 Sutton, WV
United States
AC15-034 Install New Metal Roof Construction 5/1/201510/31/2015 Stubenville, OH
United States
AC15-035 Needs Distribution and Prayerwalking Evangelism, Prayer 1/1/201512/31/2015 Jonesville, VA
United States
Filled
AC15-036 Home Repairs Construction 1/1/201512/31/2015 Jonesville, VA
United States
AC15-037a Resort Ministry and Servant Evangelism Evangelism, Resort / Leisure 6/1/20158/31/2015 Bryson City, NC
United States
AC15-037b Resort Ministry and Servant Evangelism Evangelism, Resort / Leisure 6/1/20158/31/2015 Bryson City, NC
United States
AC15-038 Vacation Bible School/Outreach Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 6/1/20157/31/2015 Craigsville, WV
United States
AC15-039 Construction Construction 1/1/201512/31/2015 Hines, WV
United States
Filled
AC15-040 Church Planting Partnership Evangelism, Prayer 1/1/201512/31/2015 Bluefield, WV
United States
AC15-041 Camp Counselor Camps / Retreats, Evangelism 6/28/20157/3/2015 Old Fields, WV
United States