Amherstburg Community Services holding second annual “Fill a Backpack” campaign

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) is hoping to send even more children to school with proper school supplies but is looking to the community for help.

ACS Fill a Backpack

“Last year, we were able to help 122 children and this year we are expanding the event to make it bigger and better,” said ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo. “We are kicking it off July 27 with a yard sale. The yard sale is to raise funds to purchase supplies and bring awareness of the campaign.”

Donations of school supplies are welcome now and people can drop off donations at the Amherstburg Community Services office at 179 Victoria St. S.

DiBartolomeo said ACS was happy with what the “Fill a Backpack” program accomplished last year.

“For our first year, we were pleased with that number (of 122 children helped) and the support of the community,” she said. “This year, with the help of the community, we’re hoping to expand and increase that number.”

Residents are being requested to bring school supplies to help fill a Ford Flex that is being donated by Joe Meloche Ford.

The July 27 yard sale runs at the ACS office from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We will be accepting supplies until Aug. 15 and every donation will receive a chance to win a $50 gift card from Canadian Tire,” said DiBartolomeo.

The big demand is for the backpacks themselves, she added, with other school supplies also needed.

The distribution date of the campaign will be Saturday, Aug. 17 and will include Sparky the Fire department mascot and a fire truck, balloon inflatables and hopefully more surprises.

“For more details or to pre-register, they can call the office,” said DiBartolomeo. “We’ll probably get greater response because there is still a need in our community from lower income families needing assistance.”

 

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