Sun Youth Back to School

Montreal Times - - News -

For par­ents, Au­gust usu­ally means get­ting their children ready for back-toschool. Armed with their school sup­plies shop­ping lists, they go around the var­i­ous stores (that all seem to put out their back to school dis­plays ear­lier each sum­mer), hop­ing to get the best deals on those es­sen­tial items for their children's new school year. De­pend­ing on each school's re­quire­ments, the fi­nal bill may be hard to swal­low, es­pe­cially for low-in­come fam­i­lies. Thank­fully, Sun Youth dis­trib­utes school sup­plies ev­ery year to children in need.This year was no ex­cep­tion with some 500 children re­ceiv­ing school sup­plies on Au­gust 21st and 22nd thanks to do­na­tions from the pub­lic and from com­pa­nies. Back to school is also syn­ony­mous with new cloth­ing.Young­sters, es­pe­cially teenagers, want to look their best for the new school year. Once again, Sun Youth had a thought for them. As is now an an­nual tra­di­tion, Sun Youth dis­trib­uted brand new cloth­ing in adult sizes to un­de­priv­i­leged fam­i­lies on Au­gust 15th and 16th. In to­tal 2 200 re­ceived new clothes, many now able to use the money they saved to pay for other ne­ces­si­ties such as school sup­plies. This dis­tri­bu­tion was made pos­si­ble through the re­newed sup­port of Mod­ern Eter­nity Ma­ter­nity Coats and Ap­parel,VF Imagewear Canada Inc., and L’équipe Spec­tra.

Last year the City of Mon­treal an­nounced its Child Pol­icy (La poli­tique de l'en­fant) with a bud­get of $25 mil­lion over 5 years to help children fac­ing dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions, call­ing upon the sup­port of ma­jor or­ga­ni­za­tions across the city in­clud­ing Le Club des petits dé­je­uners, La Fon­da­tion du Dr. Julien, Réseau réus­site Mon­tréal, Le Quartier des spec­ta­cles, Es­pace pour la vie, le Musée des beauxarts de Mon­tréal, MU and Sun Youth just to name a few. So far in 2017 Sun Youth as­sisted close to 470 children from some 30 Mon­treal el­e­men­tary and high schools by pro­vid­ing them with ma­te­rial as­sis­tance (school sup­plies, new cloth­ing) while also pro­vid­ing their fam­i­lies with emer­gency ser­vices such as free eye­glasses, ac­cess to med­i­ca­tion and den­tal care.

(From left to right) SunYouth's Mary Bot­tero and Eric Kings­ley ac­cepted the

do­na­tion of school sup­plies brought in by Cyrille Au­bin and Lori Buck­ber­rough from RBC Do­min­ion Se­cu­ri­ties. Photo: Joseph Munro

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