Howardtown Baptist Church in Tibbie collected 90 backpacks for Alabama Woman’s Missionary Union’s Christmas Backpacks ministry. Each year, churches fill new bags with nonperishable food items, school supplies, clothing and small toys to distribute through ministry partners in the Mississippi River Delta region. A copy of The Christmas Story is included.
Associational offices also hosted drop-off locations such as Chilton Association, which exceeded its goal of 300 with 448 backpacks, and Birmingham Metro Association, which collected 1,550. Since 2016, Alabama churches have given more than 46,000 backpacks, according to Pat Ingram of Alabama WMU. “So many will hear the gospel and feel God’s love through these backpacks,” she said. This year’s state goal is 12,000.
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