Donate Blessing Backpacks for Christmas 2023

Blessings in a backpack for Christimas in Vernon

We are getting ready for Christmas, and we are excited! We are hoping you can partner with us during the Christmas giving season. At the Upper Room Mission, we have an annual tradition to give out backpacks to our guests as a gift from our community. We call them blessing backpacks.

These backpacks mean so much to our guests, especially those who are unsheltered. These are the only gift some receive this Christmas.

We are looking for backpack donations for males and females for Christmas. You can just donate a backpack or the goodies (see list below) for a backpack or both. If you are providing a full backpack, would you mind labelling the backpacks you are donating (male or female)?

Wondering what to include in a backpack? Explore the following list of things that could be included in your backpack.

  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Washcloth
  • Towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothbrush Holder
  • Toothpaste
  • Comb
  • Kleenex
  • Pair of warm socks
  • Shaving Razor
  • Shaving Cream
  • Toque
  • Mitts
  • Scarf
  • Nail Clippers
  • Flash Light
  • Pen
  • Notebook
  • Hand warmers
  • Bottle of water
  • Underwear
  • Candy
  • Chocolate

Help us make Christmas special

We love for you to help us make this Christmas special for our guests. We will be collecting backpacks until December 16th. Will you join us? All blessing backpacks will be given to our guests on December 23rd.


  • Dawn Schreiner
    20 November 2022

    Love this idea

  • Chris
    2 November 2023

    Thank you so much! I received a blessings backpack a couple of years ago and it really meant the world to me. I was going through a rough time and I still remember going and picking mine up. I still use that backpack as I walk to my volunteering jobs Around Vernon. I am so grateful.

    • Amy Flater
      7 November 2023

      We love hearing about the ways our guests have been able to find support and then give back like this!


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