BACKPACKS BECAUSE is a volunteer-run program providing backpacks of school supplies to local children entering grades K-5. (The child must qualify for free or reduced lunch program.)


Step 1: Qualify - Your child/children must be entering grades K-5 and must qualify for a free or reduced lunch program.

Step 2: Complete a form - You must go in person to one of the locations listed below and complete a registration form*. Registrations cannot be done over the phone. Registration deadline is Friday, August 4, 2017

Registration Locations:

  • Liberty Bible Church, 824 N. Calumet Ave., Chesterton, 46304, (219) 926-3038 (Office, Door C).
  • Duneland YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton, 46304  (219) 926-4204
  • Duneland Boys & Girls Club, 521 W 1100 N., Chesterton, 46304 (219) 926-9770
  • Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton, 46304 (219) 926-7696
  • Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter, 46304  (219) 926-9080

*Once you sign up, one of our caring volunteers will contact you with details.

Step 3: Attend a party in your honor on Saturday,
August 12
at 9am to eat treats, have fun, receive your backpack and meet your child's sponsor.


1) Stop by the Hall of Nations (in Liberty Bible Church) table on any Sunday from July 16 through August 6.

2) Sign up for a specific student. (The school supply list is provided for that specific student.)

3)Then, go shopping! Purchase a backpack and school supplies needed for that year.

4) Attend a fun reception on Saturday, August 12 at 9am at Liberty Bible Church to meet with your child and his/her family to give them the backpack.

You can also help with...
  • Donate school supplies for
    older siblings
  • Assist with preschool siblings
    or babies
  • Help at the reception
  • Help with refreshments
  • Be a stand-in sponsor (meet with a family and child for someone who can provide a backpack but can’t come to the reception)
  • Be a prayer partner for specific requests
Questions? Call Carol Key @ (219) 462-5072