Gen­eros­ity shown through Back To School Pro­gram sup­port

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION - El­iz­a­beth Laverdiere - The Sal­va­tion Army, Back to School co­or­di­na­tor

Editor: One of the ex­cit­ing thing about re­turn­ing back to school after a long sum­mer hol­i­day is the an­tic­i­pa­tion for all things new; new class­room, new teacher, new sub­jects, new cloth­ing, new back­pack, binders, and lunch box. Most par­ents are fa­mil­iar with the ex­penses of “all things new”, try­ing to bal­ance school sup­ply list re­quire­ments with a child’s re­quest for band name binders and a fancy pen­cil case. The cost of send­ing a child back to school can be a chal­lenge for many fam­i­lies within our com­mu­nity.

Each sum­mer Sta­ples Of­fice De­pot teams up with The Sal­va­tion Army for the an­nual Back to School Pro­gram. The Back to School Pro­gram works through do­na­tions from com­mu­nity mem­bers. Do­na­tions re­ceived at Sta­ples Of­fice De­pot tills are then for­warded to The Sal­va­tion Army as new school sup­plies. These new sup­plies are packed into back­pack and distribute­d to those who need an ex­tra hand col­lect­ing the ba­sic for the school year to come.

This year’s Back to School Pro­gram can be called a great suc­cess for many rea­sons, and I would like to take a brief mo­ment to thank those who made it that way. I would first like to thank Sta­ples Of­fice De­pot for their pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion to this pro­gram. It is through their fundrais­ing that we can of­fer this pro­gram. Thankyou also to each and ev­ery­one who made do­na­tions at the tills while pur­chas­ing their own school sup­plies at Sta­ple Of­fice De­pot. We were able to cre­ate 45 packs for fam­i­lies in Swift Cur­rent and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

Ad­di­tion­ally I would like to ex­tend my ap­pre­ci­a­tion fur­ther. Thank-you Vic­tory Family Church and Trail­view Al­liance Church for your seem­ingly in­stan­ta­neous re­sponse to The Sal­va­tion Army’s need for more back­pack to put the school sup­plies in. You gave gen­er­ously and demon­strated how ef­fec­tively the Body of Christ can work to­gether, bless­ing a com­mu­nity. Ad­di­tion­ally I want to thank ev­ery­one who came out to help pack the back­packs on Au­gust 23.

The Back to School Pro­gram is de­pended en­tirely on the sup­port of our com­mu­nity and its mem­bers. This com­mu­nity has given a few more stu­dents some­thing ex­tra to be ex­cited about. Thank-you!

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