FIA Asking for Your Help Filling Back-to-School Backpacks

Back-to-school season is here and Faith in Action is preparing backpacks for students in the Dexter and Chelsea school districts.

For the past 12 years, Faith in Action (FIA) has been loading backpacks with school snacks and personal items that will get the kids off to a good start for the school year.  Between 110 to 120 backpacks will be distributed to eligible client families along with a gift card for any further items they may need for school.

Founded in 1980, with locations in Dexter and Chelsea, FIA has provided their clients in western Washtenaw County with emergency food supplies, clothing needs, financial support for utilities and housing, counseling, a free health clinic, and seasonal support such as through the holidays and back-to-school.

FIA is the head of a community effort being supported by businesses, community groups, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, Food Gatherers, Chelsea United Way, Washtenaw United Way, 17 area church congregations, and many individual donors.  A team of 3 paid staff and nearly 70 volunteers along with dozens from community groups provide the core of FIA’s hands-on service for clients.

Dexter United Methodist Church is collecting back-to-school backpack items this week during their Shipwrecked themed Vacation Bible School this week.  Anyone in the Dexter and Chelsea areas can contribute by sponsoring a backpack, contributing back-to-school items, or donating towards gift cards.  Contact FIA at  for specific information as to how to give.

Dexter Wellness Center and Chelsea Wellness Center are collecting back-too-school snacks and personal items for the FIA backpack drive this week, August 6-12 in the lobbies.

Backpack items to donate are:

  • Granola bars
  • Single-serving applesauce and/or fruit cups
  • Single-serving packets of nuts and/or trail mix
  • Kids toothpaste
  • Hair conditioner
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant

More information about FIA or how to become involved can be found on their website.

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