this year we have 500 backpacks…We purchase them from Somebody Cares Tampa Bay. Daniel Bernard. is a friend who has been touching the lives of the less served of Tampa for many years. He began with little support now over 150 churches and businesses often join together for giant service projects. He is the real deal.
We attach a school supply list for each bag. We sell the backpacks for $5 just enough to remind people they have a backpack. Most of the time people out do themselves and fill the bag with other fun items. Some pen encouraging notes.
We gather the backpacks into a huge mound in the atrium at main entrance of our building. The buzz grows as the mound develops.
On a given date the Vineyard staff load up the back packs head up to Trotwood Schools and deliver the backpacks. The great thing…the teachers themselves head out into the community and give the backpacks away to the kids. Often the very kids they will be teaching. High impact, low cost…all in the name of Love.