Backpack 2 School

The Call


In 2004 GAP Ministries had a vision to impact elementary students in communities that have difficulty beginning the school year with necessary supplies. If each student could start out with a new backpack filled with necessary items, he or she would be focused on education right from the start. This would also benefit teachers in these under-served schools, who often supplement supplies from their own paychecks. From this vision Backpack-2-School was created- a fun carnival for the students of Title 1 elementary schools to receive a backpack filled with supplies and a free carnival for the whole family to enjoy. GAP’s goal is to reach every under-served school in Tucson, impacting each and every school district.




Since these events started over 60,000 backpacks have been distributed and over 500 volunteers from the community have participated. The annual events have evolved from carnivals at over 20 individual schools to district wide carnival events. In 2013, 5,000 backpacks were given to the students of the Amphi and Flowing Wells districts. 5,000 backpacks were given at our largest event yet, at the Tucson Convention Center, to the students of TUSD.


We Need You


GAP Ministries invites everyone in our community to join in supporting our schools and education through the Backpack-2-School initiative! We need:

* Corporate sponsors

* Businesses to catch the vision to help children in their “backyard”

* Communities to support their local schools

* Neighborhoods and churches to have an ongoing involvement in their local schools

* Families to get excited about education

* Children equipped to go to school ready to learn

* Teachers to be appreciated, knowing that the burden to help their kids isn’t just on them

* Time volunteers, financial contributions and product donations


It costs just $10 to provide a new high-quality backpack filled with school supplies for one child!


Churches and organizations who would like to provide a carnival for their local school have the unique opportunity to partner with GAP.  For more information contact Meagan Ayers at or 520-877-8077.

GAP Ministries is empowered by the mandates that are found in God’s Word. James 1:27 tells us if we are going to walk in pure religion we must take care of the orphan and widows. Isaiah 58 lets us know that God desires that we clothe, feed, shelter, visit, heal and deliver those that are in need. Will you join us as we serve together in unity to bridge the gap for those in need?