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Back Pack Project

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Arizona Reservation Ministries has been thrilled to provide school supplies specifically requested by teachers tucked inside brand-new back packs for children and teens of the San Carlos Apache Nation every year since 2004! Through the generosity of many across the US, in July of 2016, over 1,200 children and teens received their very own backpack and school supplies!

These backpacks are given to children and teens who regularly attend their Church Bus through this ministry.   Because our primary purpose is to lead everyone the Lord places in our path to a personal relationship with Him, these are simply a tool toward that end.  Tucked inside will be something for them to read, gently guiding in that critical relationship.  Why do we need so many backpacks?  We have over 200 children attending their Church Bus each week!  Many visit on average a few times a month, creating a database of over 500.  We will take our time in each neighborhood during “Backpack Week” to insure that every student has the opportunity of receiving needed supplies, late-arrivals also receiving this vital gift.  Remaining items are then given directly to the San Carlos schools, churches and more to help insure that each student begins another school year equipped to succeed.  We have watched many times as God has used something so simple as a backpack to change a life for Him.

As you are shopping for school supplies for your own children/grandchildren, please send a small package to Arizona Reservation Ministries.  And, as you pack, please pray for the one who will receive your gift.  Thank you!

For those who would like to save on shipping costs:  We need a significant amount of WalMart or Dollar Tree Gift Cards to purchase what we will be lacking as the backpacks are stuffed.  You can also shop “Site-to-store” at either, or  Each store has a branch in our Miami/Claypool/Globe area and will contact us when your gifts arrive.

*Please note that the deadline for us to receive school supplies in 2017 is July 4th! (School begins here in Arizona the beginning of August!)

**In order to respect the Traditions of our San Carlos Apache friends, we humbly request that no “owl” printed backpacks be provided.