**NEW** Drive-thru Backpack Day
Frequently Asked Questions in the Time of Covid-19
You may be asking yourself, “How will we be able to host a backpack festival in this time of COVID-19?”
The backpack team is busy making plans to provide much-needed supplies to those in need. Because of loss of income, eviction, and many other challenges that plague those living in poverty as well as others struggling with financial burdens, we understand the need will be great for back to school supplies.
Why do they need supplies if they may be learning at home?
Regardless of where the learning will be taking place, the students will still need pencils, paper, folders, etc., in order to complete their work. We do not know what the future holds for our children during this time, so we are doing our part to help prepare them for a successful school year. Also, regardless of whether the kids are at home or at school, socks and underwear are always needed.
How can we hold an event with so many restrictions and concerns about social distancing?
The safety of our guests and our volunteers is of utmost importance. We know we see long lines of people at the start of our event, and a nice flow of people for the remainder of the time. We are preparing a DRIVE-THRU event, that will include stops for registration, filled backpacks and SNU (socks & underwear). The team is also researching ways we can provide food and toiletries for the families during this time of need. We also want to provide an opportunity for pastoral care/bibles for those who would like them, so we have many details to work through.
How will you be stuffing backpacks, sorting supplies and preparing the socks and underwear?
This endeavor will take a little more time than usual because of social distancing guidelines. The church has given the backpack team access to Fellowship Hall for the entire summer so we have adequate space to do the tasks necessary for the event. We will have sign-ups for certain days and times, and volunteers can always notify us if they want to go over to get some things done on our checklist. We just ask that you check with a team member prior to going to the church, to ensure it is safe to do so. We know we have many challenges since what we’ve done for the past 7 years isn’t going to work this year. We appreciate your support and patience as we work on how to do the backpack festival in a new way. We are People Blessing People and our community needs us. If you have any suggestions or questions, please reach out to Sue Kiefner at firstname.lastname@example.org.