Saturday, August 20, 2022
This summer, we will be hosting our 10th backpack festival! In our first year, we planned to distribute 700 filled backpacks but ended up giving out 100 IOUs and distributing 800 backpacks. In our second year, we distributed 1,000 and over the past several years we’ve planned for 1,500 filled backpacks, some distributed at our event and others distributed to area agencies that provide services for families in need.
Our team will be running fundraisers throughout the year, but direct contributions towards the backpack team are welcomed. We will have an in-person event this year, and the budget is $17,000. Make the contribution through the website or through the app, or by check, please mark with backpack program.
The “We Got Your Back” Mission
It has been our mission to help elementary school-aged children in need get ready for back-to-school with school supplies, socks, underwear, haircuts, vision screenings, and more. A one-day festival is held in August where children and their families are invited to come to Wesley Church to receive these items and resources at no charge. We want people to know that they are loved, valued and important. Although we believe the source of this love is through Jesus, we welcome all, regardless of their religious background or beliefs, for that is how Jesus loves.
If you would like to get involved, contact Lisa Jacobsen and Sarah Campbell. If you would like to sponsor the event, connect with Sue Kiefner.