"The Greatest Day of the Year"
Scott Dishong, founder of Project Lucas, believes that "backpack day is the greatest day of the year!" Backpack day is the day that we get to give hope to thousands of children and familes by sharing the simple gospel story and a small backpack full of supplies. It started with a small cermony in 2006 of 50 children and their familes and has now become a day on which thousands attend.
When Project Lucas asks people to donate $20 to sponsor a backpack, they are making an investment that changes lives and changes families. Each backpack donated guarantees that an entire family will hear the gospel and the child that receives the backpack will be able to attend school for two years. On backpack day, the most underpriveleged children and their families attend, along with teachers, school adminstrators, local pastors and government officials, as we pass out all the backpacks that are sponsored that year.
A typical day looks like this:
10:00am-12:00pm Children/Families arrive
12:00pm Program Begins
1:00pm Distribution of Backpacks
2:00pm Time to Eat and Celebrate
3:00pm Celebration continues
4:30pm Clean up
Backpack day is a day you will never forget. You will see firsthand what hope looks like. You will see children overwhelmed when they open up a backpack full of pencils, pens, erasers and other school supplies. You will see the tears of parents and grandparents as they realize that their children will be able to attend school for the next two years. And most importantly, you will see the faces of children and family members whose lives are changed by the gospel of Jesus. You will witness the celebration of this day. It will change your life forever...Scott guarantees it! If you would like to join us, click to check when our next backpack trip is.