A ministry of our parish, part of our social justice roots.
Started in the Fall of 2018, this ministry has grown to include not only the Quad City area but areas throughout both Illinois and Iowa. The filled backpacks are blessed by a Catholic priest, and then delivered to Law Enforcement Departments (Police and Sheriff’s Departments) and distributed to the people in need by the Law Enforcement Officers.
The backpacks may include:
Hygiene products – toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, brush and/or comb, small shampoo/conditioner/lotion, baby wipes, etc.
Gloves, scarves, hat, small blankets, socks, etc. (Depending on Season)
Religious items including a rosary, Miraculous Medal, prayer cards, Inspirational Message cards and letters, etc.
Individually packaged snack foods – granola bars, cracker snacks, etc.
Bottles of water
Medical ID card and pens
List of local agencies/organizations that can assist them in various areas of need, including information for Veterans.
We hope to grow this ministry to include bus passes, certificates to places like McDonalds, etc. Collection boxes are placed in various churches and schools. Monetary donations are welcome at any time and are used to purchase backpacks as well as items needed to complete the backpacks. Currently, several of the Fire Departments are working with the Police and Sheriff’s Departments to provide the restocking needs. We hope to add some restock centers.
If your parish church is interested in being a drop-off point for this ministry, want a Collection Box, or just interested in helping or contributing? Contact Tim Ott here or at (309) 235-0488.