Help for the Holidays

By Cherrilynn Bisbano

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD,  and he will repay him for his deed.” Proverbs 19:17 ESV

Debi and Deana Lisi

Debi and Deana Lisi

Christmas is the season for giving.  As temperatures drop and the snow falls,  we hear bell ringers and see the Marines collecting Toys for Tots.  For Deborah Lisi and her daughter Deana, the spirit of giving is year-round.

Deborah and Deana Lisi founded Homeless Backpacks for RI one year ago.  Since then they have reached hundreds of people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by giving out bibles and much-needed items.

This past year, HBFRI has fed thousands of people at local shelters, through the generous contribution of the community.

Last Christmas HBFRI gave out over 200 bibles along with gifts, clothing, toiletries and other much-needed items. This Christmas Deb desires to reach even more people. She knows that there are many people with giving kind hearts in the State of RI and surrounding area who are looking to help those in need.

Deb Lisi joyfully proclaims, “We are handing out Bibles, toys, gift cards and gifts on December 20 at one of the local shelters.  We would really like to bless the children with a great night to remember!”

Deb never forgets those who have donated. “Thank you to all who have given and continue to give to HBPFRI. We do this to save souls and give God the Glory.  We must show the needy that God has not forgotten a single one of them!  Together we are saving lives.”

The impact of this ministry has caused the homeless to be hopeful, the downcast to look up to Jesus. Many of the children cry happy tears when they see the love of God expressed through gifts, food and clothing.  Deb makes sure she prays for each person before they leave.

Help for the Holidays - hbpriHBPFRI needs many items. They will minister to over 200 homeless people and needy families this Christmas. They will need the following by December 20th: Blankets, toys, gift certificates, toiletries, granola bars, candy bars, chips, drink boxes, small first aid kits, high warm socks and rain ponchos.

Please call Deb first with any donations.  She will let you know when and where to drop off your generous gift.  HBPRI does not have a mailbox at their new location.

The biggest need for the ministry is an SUV to pick up and deliver donations.  If you would like to help, please contact Deborah Lisi.

HBPRI is a local faith-based non-profit organization located at 177 Putnam Pike Johnston, RI 02919

You can follow this remarkable ministry on Facebook at Homeless Backpacks for Rhode Island. Contact Deborah Lisi at 401-270-1109 or email:

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