Full Moon Bar-B-Que has opened nominations for a child to receive a “Backpack Blessing,” which is an annual, statewide initiative that provides food, supplies and hope to the children of Alabama through anonymous nominations.
Full Moon BBQ will be accepting nominations through an online nomination form, and will close the process Wednesday, July 27.
During this second year of the campaign, 50 recipients will be selected to receive a “Backpack Blessing,” valued at over $200, just in time for the upcoming school year beginning early August. Each Under Armour backpack will be filled with a $25 Walmart gift card, a $25 Full Moon BBQ gift card, folders, paper, a coloring book, crayons, washable markers, pens, mechanical pencils, hand sanitizer and Full Moon BBQ swag items.
Joe Maluff, co-owner of Full Moon BBQ, says the restaurant decided to launch the assistance program after witnessing the hardships that were placed upon families due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We started ‘Backpack Blessings’ during the COVID-19 pandemic last year and served a wide range of children across the state of Alabama,” states Maluff. “I have children of my own, and my heart immediately went out to the children and families of Alabama who were struggling with the sudden changes due to the pandemic. Our team at Full Moon BBQ knew there was a need that we could meet in the lives of students by providing a warm meal and a backpack filled with school supplies.”
To nominate a deserving child in the state of Alabama, individuals may visit the online entry form and complete the nomination with detailed information explaining why the nominee is deserving of a “Backpack Blessing.” Submissions will remain anonymous by request. Fifty winners will be selected, and Full Moon BBQ will ship each backpack to the winner’s residence.
For many families, Full Moon BBQ says, this hits close to home.
“We all know a family who is in need of something to lift their spirits,” states David Maluff, co-owner of Full Moon BBQ. “Seeing your child’s needs met can do just that. We are hoping these backpacks set the tone for each child’s upcoming school year. Not only will this backpack provide tools for success but most importantly, confidence. Every child should feel secure in who they are and know their needs are being met.”
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News