Backpacks for Kids in Kentucky

Filling backpacks with supplies for kids in need through our ministry partner in Kentucky.


To identify the age and gender intended for each backpack, using the following color chart to tie a ribbon for gender and for age on the outside of the bag.



Boy = Blue

Girl = Pink



2-3 years old = Purple

4-7 years old = Yellow

8-10 years old = Green

11-14 years old = Red

15-17 years old = White

Supplies for Backpacks

Always include a copy of the Christmas story


(at least 1 item)

  • small cars
  • balls
  • dolls
  • stuffed animals
  • kazoos
  • harmonicas
  • yo-yos
  • jump ropes
  • sidewalk chalk
  • small Etch-a-Sketch®
  • toys that light up/make noise*
  • Slinky®
  • Frisbee
  • Card games (Ol’ Maid, Go Fish, etc.)


(at least 2 items)

  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • mild bar soap (boxed and in a plastic bag)
  • shampoo (securely sealed and in a plastic bag)
  • hairbrush/comb
  • hair accessories (hair ties, barrettes, hair clips, etc.)
  • washcloth


(at least 2 items)

  • Children’s/Teen Bible (KJV, God’s Word, or CSB version)
  • age-appropriate Christian books
  • sunglasses
  • toy jewelry
  • watches
  • flashlights*


(at least 2 items)

  • canned food items with pop-tops (anything that doesn’t require a can opener, no plastic containers)
  • protein bars
  • hard candy/lollipops** (no chocolate)
  • mints/gum


(at least 2 items)

  • t-shirts
  • underwear
  • socks
  • warm hat
  • gloves
  • scarf
  • ball cap
  • fleece pull-over
  • warm outerwear


School supplies are welcome, but not all sites need school supplies. Please check with Debbie or Tony Treadwell to determine what school supplies are needed. If purchasing school supplies, be sure to keep these age-appropriate.

Additional ideas for older kids (11-17 years old)


  • lip gloss
  • costume jewelry
  • scarves
  • friendship bracelets
  • craft kits
  • journals
  • fun socks/slippers
  • doodle books
  • Spirograph kit
  • feminine hygiene products


  • LEGOS®
  • card games
  • hand-held electronic games
  • flashlights*
  • basketball
  • soccer ball
  • NERF™ football

*Please include extra batteries and keep them in their original container.

**Double-bag all loose and hard candy.

***All clothing items must be new with tags and original packing.


Please do not include any food items with peanut butter/nuts, are perishable, or can be easily crushed/opened while in transit. Please do not include any knives.