Thank you, Backpack volunteers! At the end of August, you helped our neighbourhood group and Hope House distribute over 200 backpacks and supplies to families in this community.
There was a lot of work that went on behind the scenes, including sorting at a warehouse, counting supplies, organizing a pickup day and dropping off packs to those who couldn't make it.
We were so lucky this year to have the help of Carmen, Makenna, Maddy, and Olivia (under the guidance of @nicholebrownrdh) who spent over 100 additional hours collecting and sorting empties for a bottle drive, canvassing for a food drive and shopping.
These community-minded volunteers our volunteers raised a total of $792 for food purchases and backpacks for waitlisted folks. They also gathered an incredible 549 lbs of food in donations to contribute to our food cupboard/food bank satellite. What a great way to start the school year. We hope everyone is enjoying their first weeks at school.