Supplies For Success launches 2013 backpack campaign

supplies for success backpack program 2012 martyGlenda Alexander (far right) with young volunteers preparing for last year's Supplies For Success campaign. PHOTO: Marty Lawrence

Supplies 4 Success, an initiative providing backpacks full of school supplies to children of less fortunate families, has had a bit of a late start this year.

Due to the June floods, organizers of the annual campaign were asked by their main sponsor, Staples, to put the program on hold to focus on the immediate needs of residents impacted by the flood.

The effort is now up and running and, according to organizer Glenda Alexander, using information from a Community Links needs assessment, Supplies 4 Success is hoping to build 260 backpacks for kids in need this year - the highest they've seen in the history of the 11-year program.

To create that many backpacks, $21,000 is required and a few Airdrie businesses have offered their help to raise the funds.

August 17, a public barbeque at M&M happens between 11 am and 2 pm.

The same day, 'Stuff A Bus' will ask for donations to help the cause as well, says Alexander. 

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Adding to the fun for the kids, a Penny Carnival with games will be hosted in the Tower Lane Centre parking lot that afternoon.

Also lending their assistance is Airdrie's Davis Chev, who've already contributed $5 toward each of the 260 backpacks - a $1,300 donation.

GM Glenn Smaha says the dealership will additionally offer test drives in the Airdrie Staples parking lot for a $5 donation to Supplies 4 Success each Thursday in August from 11 am to 2 pm.

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Donations of new or gently-used, unmarked school supplies for the program can be dropped off at Staples on Main Street until September 7.