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Shelburne Councillor Steve Anderson partners with DCAFS for Bell Canada Backpacks for Kids program

September 13, 2018   ·   0 Comments

Written By JASEN OBERMEYER

Councillor Steve Anderson has partnered with Dufferin Child and Family Services (DCAFS) to make school life a little easier for students, thanks to receiving 15 new backpacks from Bell Canada.

The Bell Canada Backpacks for Kids program was first launched back in 2003, as an initiative of the Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers. The backpacks are distributed based on need identified by community partners, which range from school districts, food banks, family support services, and community centres.

Councillor Anderson explained to the Free Press how he was approached by a member of the community to see if anything can be done for the kids, and from there, reached out to Bell Canada. “It was just something I had to be part of,” he said, adding that he is grateful for the partnership with DCAFS.

Jennifer Moore, DCAFS’s executive director, said the 15 new backpacks, filled with school supplies, will be distributed to local kids, and will help alleviate the stress many families go through when living pay check to pay check. “This kind of donation really goes a long way.”

She added that many kids and teenagers who come through the organization don’t have the necessary supplies for school. “We know that families struggle regularly,” but notes that “they still put their kids first.”

Mr. Moore said the donations go a long way for both the children and parents, because most school supplies are expensive, and parents should not choose  “between groceries and backpacks.”

Councillor Anderson reiterated Mr. Moore’s feelings, adding that some students may feel left out if they don’t have those school supplies. “We just want to make sure that every child has the necessary equipment, tools that they need to succeed.”

         

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