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Backpack Giveaway Outreach

Submitted by Angela Sorensen on Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:42am

Would you agree to provide a child in need with a backpack and supplies to start the school year? This is a great way to show God’s love to Ithaca families. We are partnering with Southside Community Center for their big backpack giveaway day! They provide backpacks, food, and even haircuts for kids for the new school year.


  1. Choose a backpack. Take it with you.
  2. Pray over the backpack and the student that will receive the backpack. Pray for their school year, their academics, friends, and family.
  3. Choose a school list and buy the suggested items. Bonus items are always appreciated by the children.
  4. Return the backpack, supplies and optional payment on or before August 11th.

Please purchase the suggested items below, put them in the backpack, and bring the backpack to the church. You are welcome to purchase additional items, but please do not include food or drinks.

Suggested School Supply List for Elementary School


  • Box of crayons
  • Two pocket folder
  • Box of tissues
  • Safety scissors
  • #2 pencils
  • Pencil pouch or box
  • Glue sticks
  • Pink eraser
  • Ruler (inches and centimeters)
  • Wide-ruled notebook(s)

3rd - 5th

  • Basic calculator
  • Composition notebooks
  • Loose leaf paper and binder
  • Index cards

Suggested School Supply List for Middle School

  • 1-inch binders
  • Dividers
  • Loose leaf paper
  • #2 pencils
  • Pens (blue or black)
  • Colored pencils or thin markers
  • Erasers
  • Notebooks
  • Highlighters
  • Graph paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Folders
  • Scissors
  • Index cards
  • Ruler (inches and centimeters)
  • USB drive


$20 is a suggested donation to cover the cost of the back pack, but any amount is appreciated. Please put your donation in an envelope in the front pocket of the backpack.

PLEASE RETURN THE BACKPACK AND SUPPLIES on or before Sunday, August 11th. If you find that you may have difficulty getting the backpack back to us by the deadline, please email Angela Sorensen at [email protected] and we can help out with pickup!

Southside Community Center gives out at least 250 backpacks a year.  We provide 30 backpacks to pick up at church.  If you feel moved to provide for more backpacks, feel free to buy your own backpack and fill it with supplies. 
Or, give money for the backpack giveaway and we will fill a backpack for you. To have us fill a backpack, you must let us know that is your intention. A suggested amount to buy and supply a backpack is $50-$75.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Angela Sorensen at [email protected].