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.)

TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD:

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.

TO SPONSOR A CHILD:

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