As stated in my last blog post on the Staples for Education program, the need for donated backpacks filled with school supplies was almost 2,100 - nearly double from the 1,100 that were filled last year.
Thanks to the generosity of Calgarians, the need is met!
Today in a northeast Calgary warehouse, 60 volunteers from The City and partnering community agencies stuffed all 2,100 needed backpacks. To make this happen, Calgarians donated $62,500 (according to today's numbers).
"I'm ecstatic that Calgarians came through with donations and things ran so smoothly today," said Lindsay Miller, social worker for The City's Community & Neighbourhood Services group.
These backpacks will be delivered between August 28 and 31, either directly to their homes or to the agency that accepted their referral.
Donations are still being accepted until September 6 at any of 10 Calgary Staples stores and will be used to support next year's need.