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Backpack Ministry

Despite Covid related issues and the difficulties in purchasing supplies and delivering the backpacks, it was a very successful outreach in 2021. We were so encouraged by the Emmanuel Church support from the congregation and others in the community. Even though we haven't been allowed much contact with the workers, they have been able to text and What's App to show their gratitude for the backpacks and supplies. The farmers are also very grateful as they are finding these times stressful, and knowing there are those out there who are appreciating and supporting the workers means a lot.
Farms we serve :Greer's Asparagus Farm, Lakeshore Farms, Fosterholm Farms, Hagerman Farms, Laundry Market Garden, Mill Creek Farm, Creasy Apple Dabble Farm, Fiddlehead Farm, Waupoos Winery, Hillier Creek Estates and Three Dog Winery. 
Donors: County Dental Care, Home Hardware, St. Vincent de Paul, Giant Tiger, Sudds &Stuff , UCB Canada. We also received numerous financial donations and boxes of items from our generous community which made filling the backpacks a joy!!!! For the fourth year in a row we were able to purchase some rubber boots, pots and pans and rain wear to go with the backpacks, which was very needed by the workers.
Our team consisted of Mary Ann & Bill Barrett, Angela Williams, Lauralee and Bryce Crocket, and Aline Garrett. Hamed Hassani  delivered backpacks to two farms in the Waupoos area for which we are grateful.
The last of fifty backpacks and duffle bags were delivered today and we Thank God for another successful year for this ministry. Thanks again to all who supported this ministry in big and small ways. 

Needs list: Clothes can be lightly used and in good condition - backpacks, mens hoodies, t-shirts, toques, ball caps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shoes/boots, raincoats, granola bars, facecloths, hand towels, pen and paper, work gloves, shampoo, men's socks, bibles, No Frills or Tim's gift cards -any amount, shaving cream ,razors, cooking pots with lids. All donations are very much appreciated. Please call 613-393-3014 to arrange donation.

Contact: Bill and Maryann Barrett brindlewood@gmail.com