"We Got Your Back" Pack Giveaway

(SIOUX CITY, IA) In these tough times the need for school supplies is greater than ever. So that's why the Sioux City Gospel Mission is getting in on the action. This Saturday the Mission will give away 4,000 backpacks.

It's called the "We Got Your Back" Pack Giveaway and it's the first year the Mission is giving backpacks to kids outside its walls. Volunteers will pack the bags Thursday and distribute them this Saturday.

"It's a personal connection. It's putting a personal touch to it. It's saying, look, these people are here, the community is doing this for you, one, to show them the love of Jesus Christ, but let them know that they matter, and that there's hope for them and that people really do care for them," says Vernon Meyer, Gospel Mission Development Director.

With donations from BPI and area churches, the Gospel Mission purchased 4,000 backpacks and school supplies. Each backpack will be filled with pencils, glue sticks, notebooks, folders, crayons, and a $10 gift certificate to the Mission's thrift store. But the Mission needs your help to fill them up and give them out.

"Volunteering is free. I mean, it's really their time but also, I think it's good for people to come out and see the needs. And it's good to interact with people and find out that, there is that need in Sioux City," says Meyer.

If you'd like to help fill the backpacks, the Mission needs about 100 volunteers to assemble the bags this Thursday from 5:30 to 8 PM at the old Hoak Motor Showroom at 6th and Pearl Streets.

On Saturday another 150 volunteers will be needed for registration, parking, grilling, and giving away the backpacks at the event.

If you're interested in donating your time, you can call 211 or the Gospel Mission at 712-255-1769.

The backpack giveaway is free for elementary and middle school kids. It's this Saturday, August 15 from 8 AM to 2 PM at Cook Park in Sioux City.

"We Got Your Back" Event Schedule:

8:30 AM .... 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
10:30 AM .... Guest speakers: Dr. Paul Gausman, Harold Youtzy, and Bobby Bates
11 AM .... Lunch
11 AM - 2 PM .... Live entertainment
12:30 PM - 2 PM .... Backpack Giveaway

Reported by Erika Thomas. You can contact her at {A href=""}