It’s Backpack time again at Daily Bread, and we will celebrate the holidays by giving filled backpacks to the men and women who are our guests at lunch. The men and women we see daily are rarely remembered at Christmas. For many, these backpacks will be their only presents. With a forecast of a cold winter ahead and with the current lack of shelter spaces in our community, these backpacks will be especially welcomed this year. Last year we gave away over 800 backpacks. We’re assuming that we will need that many or more this year.
Backpacks should be stuffed with toiletries such as deodorant, hand lotion for hands chapped by the cold, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, shaving cream, etc, cold weather items such as gloves, hats, scarves, socks, sweatshirts, T-shirts, long underwear, and regular underwear. Other items could include hand warmers, cough drops, books, decks of cards, small fleece blankets, candy, gum, and food items. All items should be new. All backpacks should be new or nearly new as well.
All backpacks should be labeled with the gender and size of the recipient (i.e., Man-XL). We found last year that most of our guests requested at least a size Large, most preferred XL. There is also a need for some 2X and 3X bags. We will NOT be giving out children’s backpacks this year.
We are still in the process of working out arrangements for where backpacks and supplies can be dropped off and when the backpacks will be given out. Please check back here or watch for more information in the November newsletter or the News Gazette.
Filling one or more backpacks can be a wonderful holiday project for a family, for grandparents, for a scout troop, for a social club, for a tennis group, for neighborhood friends, for book clubs, etc.
If you have any questions, please call or e-mail Ellen at 356-2551 email@example.com