School supply drive in danger of running out of gas

Last year’s drive saw the distribution of close to 400 bags of supplies for children from Kindergarten to Grade 12

The Campbell River Women’s Centre is launching its annual School Supply Drive.

This project has been organized by staff at the Centre for the last eleven years and involves the distribution of basic school supplies to the children of low income families.

Last year’s drive saw the distribution of close to 400 bags of supplies for children from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The Drive’s success is due to outstanding support from local businesses, individuals, community organizations such as the Altrusa Club, and corporate sponsors such as Walmart and the Coastal Community Credit Union.

However, this year the School Supply Drive is off to a slow start and Women’s Centre Staff are expressing some concern over a slower than usual rate of donations.

“We are a little worried,” said Event Coordinator, Marnie McLachlan, “unless donations pick up we’re going to be in a position of scaling back either the amount of supplies we provide or the number of children we serve.

“The drive is being held a little earlier than usual this year, and people may not be aware that the distribution dates are racing up on us. We are hoping that the community will continue to embrace this event and respond to the needs of our low income kids.”

“People can help us by donating new school supplies. Cash donations are always welcome and people making cash donations are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

Donations may be dropped off at the Women’s Centre between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday to Thursday, or at the Coastal Community Credit Union during business hours. People wanting more information about the project should call the Centre at 250-287-3044.”