The United Way started to get calls last Monday, looking for help getting some school supplies to students displaced by the Fort McMurray wildfire.
Jennifer Herrick is the Director of Engagement Marketing with the United Way. She says they were able to respond because of an existing program.
“So it’s actually part of our ‘Tools for School’ program which has been around the Alberta Capital Region for over 20 years now. The program itself provides back-packs full of school supplies for families and children with low income that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford the school supplies to start the school year.”
By Friday Herrick says they’d handed out more than 1650 backpacks to the displaced students. While that is a wonderful example of communities coming together to support one another in a time of need, Herrick says they are now depleted of supplies for this coming school year.
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