Rough­necks team up with Na’amat Canada Cal­gary

School Sup­plies for Kids

Calgary Herald - - YOUR HEALTH TODAY - Stephanie Sacks

On Oc­to­ber 24th The Cal­gary Rough­necks, along with close to 100 other Na’amat Canada Cal­gary vol­un­teers, gath­ered to fill 875 back­packs with pen­cils, paper, scis­sors and other school sup­plies.

“It’s heart­warm­ing to see how many peo­ple of all ages come to­gether to vol­un­teer at our mega-pack­ing day. With­out their help the Na’amat Canada Cal­gary School Sup­plies for Kids project wouldn’t be pos­si­ble,” says Linda Gut­man, School Sup­plies for Kids Vol­un­teer Co­or­di­na­tor.

This was the fi­nal stage for the non-profit Jewish women’s or­ga­ni­za­tion’s School Sup­plies for Kids project for the year.

Since its in­cep­tion in 1998, the Na’amat Cal­gary com­mu­nity ser­vice project has pro­vided more than ten thou­sand chil­dren who were be­ing cared for in Cal­gary re­gion do­mes­tic vi­o­lence shel­ters with back­packs filled with school sup­plies.

“With­out the fi­nan­cial sup­port from cor­po­ra­tions, foun­da­tions like the Cal­gary Rough­necks, and in­di­vid­u­als, as well as the school sup­plies Cal­gar­i­ans drop off at our do­na­tion bin at Of­fice De­pot this would not have been pos­si­ble,” says Stephanie Sacks, School Sup­plies for Kids Chair­per­son.

Ev­ery year, more than 1,250 school-aged chil­dren are cared for in the 11 Cal­gary re­gion do­mes­tic vi­o­lence shel­ters.

“The chil­dren at the shel­ters have been through so much and even though a back­pack and school sup­plies might not seem like it would make a big dif­fer­ence, the rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the shel­ters have told us how the chil­dren light-up when they re­ceive one of our back­pack kits, and how it is a high­light for them dur­ing a dark and dif­fi­cult time.” says Sacks.

Lor­raine Hjalte, Cal­gary Her­ald

Joey Poon, right, among nearly 100 vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the Cal­gary Rough­necks and stu­dents from Western Canada In­ter­act Club, help Na’amat Canada Cal­gary fill back­packs with pen­cils, paper, scis­sors and other school sup­plies.

Lor­raine Hjalte, Cal­gary Her­ald

Cal­gary Rough­necks Kaleb Toth, from left, Alex Coutts, Bruce Coob and Mitch Rielshaw pitch in to help Na’amat Canada Cal­gary.

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