Each year, the Centennial Baptist Association joins churches all over Georgia to send Christmas backpacks to children in need. During our partnership with Copper Basin Crisis Center, we chose to deliver them ourselves in time for them to distribute them at Christmas. Each year we have exceeded our goal.
In 2018 we partnered with the Bethel Baptist Association for events in Randolph and Quitman Counties, two of the poorest counties in our state. We collected 662 backpacks at our Annual Fall Meeting, which was held at Yatesville Baptist Church on October 23, 2018. Thank you to the Gordon College BCM for organizing the collection and for packing the truck.
This year, we are again partnering with Bethel Baptist Association and have committed to providing at least 450 backpacks. We will collect them at our Annual Fall Meeting on October 22 at The Rock Church.
You may have noticed that Christmas Backpacks has added a new age group, 15-17. We have checked with Bethel Association and they have advised us that they will, in fact, be adding this age group to their outreach efforts as well. As you prepare your backpacks, please try to include backpacks for both genders in each of the five age groups.
For more information about how to pack a backpack, resources to print out and include, and information about the backpack program, go to
If your church would like to purchase backpacks, we have found that www.bagsinbulk.com provides quality backpacks at a reasonable price.
The Centennial office has received copies of the Christmas story for anyone who plans on packing backpacks this year. Let us know how many you need and we will have them ready for you.
If you go to the official Christmas Backpacks website for packing instructions, you will notice that they ask that you do not include school supplies. This is due to many of the schools in Appalachia having contracts with suppliers to provide these goods. HOWEVER, our backpacks will be going to south Georgia. Please INCLUDE school supplies along with the other items such as toys, food, and clothing.
Also note that there is a new system for labeling the bags. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the CBA office.