Basically, you take a backpack and add items similar to those you would put in an Operation Christmas Child box (school supplies, personal hygiene items, small toys, etc.)
Below are a few ideas of how you can involve your preschoolers and/or children in this mission project:
– Let them help choose whether the backpack will be for a boy or a girl and what age category you will be creating the backpack for.
– Go shopping together as a family and allow the children to help pick out the backpack and/or a few items for the backpacks while mom/Dad cover some of the basic hygiene items, etc.
– After you arrive home, spread out the items purchased and work together as a family to pack the backpack.
– Take pictures of your family while you are packing the backpack and once you have completed it. (These pictures can be put in a photo album, scrapbook, or shared via social media)
– When you have finished packing the backpack, say a prayer for the child who will be receiving it.
– Continue to pray for the child receiving the backpack throughout the end of the year.
– You could do multiple backpacks if you have more than one child in your family
– Encourage other family members (grandparents, aunts/uncles, friends) to do a Christmas backpack. If grandparents would rather just donate money, help your kids shop and assemble the backpacks for them!
– Create a backpack in honor of someone using part of your Christmas budget. This is a great gift idea for grandparents. After you have completed the backpack, have your children create a drawing or sign on a sheet of paper that says that this backpack was created in their honor. Snap a picture of the children, backpack, and the sign and include in a Christmas card for the Grandparents.
For detailed information about Appalachian Mountain Ministry and the Christmas backpacks including a list of items for the backpack and drop-off information, go to
I would love to hear about backpacks your family puts together and/or see pictures!