Annual Conference Backpacks for the Homeless

 

 

The Indiana United Methodist Churches are invited to bring items for our community homeless neighbors to the 2017 Indiana Annual Conference Session (June 8 -10). We would love to see every church represented in our conference bring at least one filled backpack. Bring backpacks to the Board of Laity booth in the display area during the Annual Conference session. The filled backpacks will then be distributed to a ministry serving with the homeless in each District across Indiana.


 

 

UPDATE: More than 900 backpacks and other items donated

The Indiana Conference Board of Laity invited churches and members of the Annual Conference to also help our neighbors who are homeless. The 2017 Backpack Drive supported one of the Four Areas of Focus in ministry with the poor and was received exceedingly well. More than 900 backpacks were received and are being distributed throughout the ten districts of the Indiana Conference.


Annual Conference Backpacks for the Homeless

It is suggested that the backpack be a large drawstring nylon type of sack that is waterproof if possible or adult size double strap backpack.  Contents could include a selection from the suggestions below:
 
            MEN   
  • Socks – cotton or acrylic/polyester to help dissipate moister                          
  • White tee shirt  (L or XL or XXL)
  • New underwear in (L or XL or XXL)
  • Band-Aids
  • Bacitracin
  • Notebook and pen
  • Small note cards with envelopes and couple of stamps
  • Travel Size
    • Bar of soap
    • Washcloth
    • Small towel
    • Small Toothpaste
    • Toothbrush
    • Single disposable razor
    • Small shaving cream
    • Chap Stick
    • Sunscreen 
  • Small bottle of water or refillable container
  • Rain Poncho

 

WOMEN

  • Socks – cotton or acrylic/polyester to help dissipate moisture                         
  • White tee shirt  (S or M or L)
  • New underwear in (S or M or L)
  • Band-Aids
  • Bacitracin
  • Pads, tampons
  • Notebook and pen
  • Small note cards with envelopes and couple of stamps
  • Travel Size
    • Bar of soap
    • Washcloth
    • Small towel
    • Toothbrush
    • Small Toothpaste
    • Chap Stick
    • Sunscreen 
  • Small bottle of water or refillable container
  • Rain Poncho

 

In addition a Prayer card, small bible (NT), or cross might be added 

*Donors are encouraged to bring backpacks to the Laity Lounge on their way to the opening worship service on the first day of the Annual Conference gathering 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 8.

 

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