Friday, August 19, 2011

City of Calgary's Staples for Education school backpacks only half-full

The City of Calgary Community & Neighbourhood Services and Staples stores are calling on the generosity of all Calgarians to help a child in need.  The Staples for Education backpack program provides school supplies to children from low-income families to help them succeed in school. To date, only 45 per cent of this year’s goal of 3,000 backpacks has been met.

“We’re less than two weeks to school and still need 1,600 backpacks,” says Tannis Eapen, social worker with Community & Neighbourhood Services.

“There continues to be an urgent need and we encourage everyone who is able to drop off a donation of cash or grade appropriate supplies to any Staples store location. Children need the right tools to succeed in school. This is an opportunity to directly help them start the new school year off right.” 

All Staples store locations in Calgary will be accepting donations until September 17, 2011. Cash donations of $20 or more are eligible for a tax receipt from The City. A cash donation of $40 fills a backpack with all the required supplies.

To learn more about how you can help fill a backpack and support the education of our children, visit or your local Staples store.

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