By Karen Rogers
We had a great turnout on Backpack Packing Day and I couldn’t have been more proud! Altogether, we had seventeen happy hard workers! Thank you Darlene Leach, Lee Ann Stoner, Constance Palaia, Parker Scaroni, Willamina Wise, Charles Rogers, Susan Barrett, Marc Mason, Nancy Mason, Camille Korsmo, Ann Igl, Diane Adams, Bertie Foltz, Christie Nelson, Mike Nelson, and David Sligar!
We planned to pack 60 backpacks – more than we ever attempted before at one time – thinking we would have enough backpacks to last for the next packing as well. However, when I called all the schools and agencies to see what they needed, they really wanted all the backpacks we could spare. Additionally, Illinois Valley Alternative Center called a couple of days later requesting six more backpacks (which I packed from home). That makes 65 backpacks that our teams, including Marc and Nancy Mason, Karen and Chas Rogers, Constance Palaia, and Bertie Foltz delivered to places as far south as Cave Junction, as far north as Wolf Creek, and as far west as Rogue River.
Besides schools and alternative schools, Joe’s Place and Gospel Rescue Mission also have need of backpacks. One of the volunteers at Gospel Rescue Mission said that some of their teens who enter the family side with their mothers come with just the shirts of their backs and need everything. Pictured above is a volunteer at Joe’s Place, who was all smiles when we showed up with six backpacks for them.
Thanks again to everyone who helped with the December backpack packing. I will be gone most of January, May, and June and wanted to be sure we did a year’s worth of packing in one day. It was strenuous but we had so much help that we got done packing, then setting the room back up for the next day’s service, in only 2 ½ hours.