ACS pleased with results of “Fill a Backpack” program


By Ron Giofu


The backpacks were filled and the kids and their parents came last Saturday to pick them up.

Fill a Backpack1 ACS Backpack Giveaway 032Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) concluded their second annual “Fill a Backpack” campaign at an event which included pony rides provided by Sarah Parks Horsemanship and the Firehorse Leadership Organization, bouncy castles, a barbecue and an opportunity to get an up close and personal look at fire trucks thanks to the Amherstburg Fire Department and a look at a police cruiser courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service.

“We had a great turnout,” said ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo. “Considering this is our second year, we’ve had great response. We are pleased we could expand it this year to increase the number of activities.”

DiBartolomeo said they have made it “bigger and better” and acknowledged that her staff has worked very hard to present this program in addition to the many others ACS offers.

The “Fill a Backpack” program is designed to help local families that are experiencing financial difficulties to get necessary school supplies for their children.

“Our biggest goal is to send kids back to school prepared, self-confident and ready to learn,” said DiBartolomeo.

The campaign saw 140 backpacks distributed this week, she added. The program helped 122 children last year and ACS had hoped to increase that number.

DiBartolomeo said they were getting good feedback from the community and that encourages them to keep the program going. She added ACS would like to grow the event even more but that would include getting additional sponsorships including a corporate sponsor.

“We would love to continue with this program and we hope to expand it,” said DiBartolomeo.

(Photo of lineup courtesy of Danielle Moore)

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