Auburn's Backpack International to hold packing party Saturday
Updated: Apr 3, 2018
Backpack International, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Auburn, is asking the community to come out at Parkway Baptist Church in Auburn Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to help fill backpacks with school supplies that it will send to children in Guyana.
This Christian-based group, which started in 2015, collects backpacks and school supplies for children in need around the world. Its missions is to share the love of Jesus with children by ministering to their spiritual, academic, social, and physical needs, according to its website.
In the South American country of Guyana, 31 percent of its citizens are living in poverty, according to Oslyn Rodriguez, founder of Backpack International. Of that number, half are children under the age of 16. Rodriguez, who is a native of Guyana, wanted to help her homeland after traveling to the country in 2015.
"I am a product of that country," Rodriguez said. "I was moved to do something."
The organization will send a team to Guyana July 7-15 to give 250 children backpacks filled with needed supplies. The team will also conduct a three-day vacation Bible School and distribute daily meals.
This will be the second time a team from the organization has traveled to Guyana. The group's goal for this simmer is to break ground on a community center in Guyana, according to Rodriguez. Toward the goal, it needs to collect $25,000 to pay for supplies and related expenses.
This article was written by Linda Oller, reporter for Opelika-Auburn News.
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