We invite you to participate in this year’s backpack and school supply drive benefiting A Backpack of My own, which provides age-appropriate backpacks filled with school supplies to children in Larimer & Weld County Foster Care, Adoptive Care and Kinship Care.

Important Dates:

  • Now – July 7: Fully filled backpacks can be brought to LifePointe Church during Sunday services between now and July 7th. There will be a table in the foyer.
  • Now – July 14: Notes of encouragement or drawings to be included in backpacks can be dropped off at the table in the foyer anytime on or before July 14th. 
  • Week of July 14: Volunteers would be needed the week of July 21st to make sure all backpacks are labeled by age group, have the items needed, etc.
  • July 21: We’ll deliver backpacks right after service to Timberline Church.

Children from the following agencies will benefit: 

  • Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Families of Larimer County 
  • Weld County Children’s Services
  • CSU’s Fostering Success Program
Last year LifePointe impacted 38 children and their foster families with fully filled Backpacks. By coming together as a congregation, we hope to provide at least 50 fully filled backpacks this year. 
We’re also looking for 3-5 businesses to participate by bringing this opportunity to their team to fill backpack(s) together. If you think your workplace would be interested in doing this, please reach out to Rachel@ConsultOrca.com. If you’d like to fill a backpack with a small group, team at work, your workout buddies, or any other group, Rachel has some resources to help coordinate.

Ways to Get Involved 

  • Fill 1 or more backpacks: Printed supply checklists for each age group will be available at the table in the foyer. You can also download the lists here.
  • Write a note of encouragement to place inside the backpack. Kids drawings or notes welcome! They can be anonymous, if you wish.
  • Logistics support: Sign up to volunteer here. 
    • Help at the table in the Foyer on one or more Sunday mornings. 
    • Help organize backpacks the week of July 14th.
    • Help transport backpacks to the collection point at Timberline Church.
  • Pray: Pray for the children receiving each backpack.

Why Get Involved?

  • To ENGAGE children & youth in the foster care system & their supporting networks. Our congregation can use this opportunity to directly reach foster kids & their supporting families. This demonstrates Christ’s love by meeting a very real need & extends an invite to such families to attend church. 
  • As an act of obedience: There are many references in scripture about caring for the fatherless in very tangible ways: 

James 1:27: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” 

James 2:15-16: “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?”

Hosea 14:3: “For in You the fatherless find compassion.”

Isaiah 1:17: “Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”

Psalm 82:3: “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.”

Deuteronomy 10:18: “He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.”

  • To show children in our community, who are often in heartbreaking situations at no fault of their own, that they are loved and valued.
  • To support foster families who are caring for these children & show them the love of Christ.
  • To act as a model to our own children/grandchildren of what it looks like to care for others. This is a great opportunity to have a conversation with children about what the foster care system is and get them involved in serving. 
  • In a workplace environment, this is a great team building group activity to fill backpacks together. A great way to bring Christ-centered love into the workplace.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. We need backpacks filled with all items listed. However, you can donate funds instead here. Another good option is to partner with coworkers, friends, neighbors, a small group or sports team to fill a backpack together.

Yes, through Timberline Church in Fort Collins.

No. We ask that everything provided be new and unused.

Yes! The kids love reading notes from the people who filled their backpack. Another good way to show love for these children is to pray for the child who receives your backpack.

No. Due to the private nature of the foster care system, you won’t be given any information with regard to who receives your backpack.

Backpacks are kept on hand to be given to children who come into foster care mid-year needing a backpack and supplies.

We typically have a greater need for middle school and high school backpacks than elementary age backpacks.

A Backpack of My Own Supply Lists:

Elementary Supply List

    • 1 pkg of crayons: 24+ ct
    • 1 pkg wide-tipped markers
    • 1 pkg thin-tipped markers
    • 1 pkg of colored pencils: 12+ ct
    • 5 glue sticks
    • 1 Elmer’s School Glue
    • 24-48 #2 sharpened pencils
    • 2 blue or black ballpoint pens
    • 2 red ballpoint pens
    • 1 yellow highlighter
    • 2 wide ruled spiral notebooks
    • 2 wide ruled composition books
    • 2 two-pocket folders – different colors 1 ruler with inches and metric
    • 1 pair of 5” scissors
    • 1-2 pink erasers
    • 5×8 school box

Middle Supply List

  • 3 one inch 3 ring binders
  • 2 pkgs college ruled loose leaf paper
  • 2 college ruled composition books
  • 24 #2 sharpened pencils
  • 1 blue ballpoint pen
  • 1 black ballpoint pen
  • 1 pkg of markers: 12 ct
  • 1 pkg of colored pencils: 12+ ct 
  • 1 pencil bag
  • 3 three-prong, two-pocket folders
  • 2 college ruled spiral notebooks
  • 1 pkg of 8 divider tabs 
  • 8+ highlighters – assorted colors

High School Supply List

    • 3 one inch 3 ring binders
    • 1 pkg college ruled loose leaf paper 
    • 1 pkg of 8 divider tabs 
    • 12 mechanical pencils
    • 5 blue pens
    • 5 black pens 
    • 2 college ruled spiral notebooks
    • 2 college ruled composition books
    • 2 three-prong, two-pocket folders – different colors

Extra Supplies Often Overlooked: 

  • Encouraging notes or affirmation cards (age appropriate)
  • Graph paper
  • Black sharpies
  • Sticky notes
  • Water bottle
  • Dry erase markers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Ream of copy paper
  • Combination lock
  • Index cards – lined & unlined
  • Scientific calculators – for high schoolers & college only
  • Tissues

Earbuds & flash drives will be provided, using financial donations made to the program.

Cities covered by Larimer County and Weld County in Colorado include: 

  • Aristocrat Ranchettes
  • Ault
  • Berthoud
  • Briggsdale
  • Brighton
  • Campion
  • Dacono
  • Eaton
  • Erie
  • Estes Park
  • Evans
  • Firestone
  • Fort Collins
  • Fort Lupton
  • Frederick
  • Garden City
  • Gilcrest
  • Greeley
  • Grover
  • Hudson
  • Johnstown
  • Keenesburg
  • Kersey
  • La Salle
  • Laporte
  • LaSalle
  • Lochbuie
  • Longmont
  • Loveland
  • Mead
  • Milliken
  • Northglenn
  • Nunn
  • Pierce
  • Platteville
  • Raymer
  • Red Feather Lakes
  • Severance
  • Stoneham
  • Thornton
  • Timnath
  • Wellington
  • Windsor

A Backpack of My Own is a program spearheaded by Timberline Church’s Mission Team and Serve 6.8.