Fundraising has started to fill the backpacks of kids in the Valley so they are ready for a new school year.
The Women of Steel (WS) have started fundraising for the third annual “Kid’s Back to School Backpacks” campaign. Last year they raised $2,300 plus school supplies to fill 69 backpacks for underprivileged kids in all the schools in Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford and the Crowsnest Pass. The fundraising included placing a bin at Elkview Coal for the miners and staff to place donated school supplies. It was a huge success.
WS gauge the need for backpacks by speaking with the food banks, women’s shelters, school staff and counselors. WS uses the class school supplies list for each grade from each school to fill up the backpacks accordingly. The full packs are then distributed back to the food banks, women’s shelters and schools for distribution to each child.
This year WS hosted a barbecue at the Fernie Ford in June to get the communities more involved. The more funds they raise means better quality supplies and more backpacks.
Donations are still being accepted until August 16. Contact Sarah Thompson at 250-425-0131 or mail to USW Local 9346, P.O. Box 40, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0.