Staples Canada has once again partnered with the Community Lunch Box (CLB) program in Whitecourt to raise funds and school supplies for kids in need.
The School Supply Drive is an annual fundraising event by Staples Canada and has run for the past 13 years across Canada, it has raised thousands of dollars to provide students with the materials they need when heading back to school.
Paula Miller, general manager of the Staples located in Whitecourt, has been participating in the event for the past six years since Staples first opened in the Town.
“We’re very much involved with the community and we want to help in any way that we can,” said Miller. “It’s part of our Staples Heart and Soul program. Back to School is the most wonderful time of the year”
Last year, Whitecourt Staples raised $2,734 and this year stretched its goal to $3,000. While the stores prefer cash donations, Miller explained that they also accept donations of school supplies.
“We look for the basic supplies like pencils, erasers, markers, anything that’s on the student list,” she said.
The donations are given to students ranging from elementary to high school with the help of the CLB program.
“They let us know what grade and then we’ll pick the list for that grade for those students,” Miller said. “(The Community Lunch Box) helps us find which students are in need and receive the supplies.”
Before partnering with the CLB four years ago, Staples would raise money and provide gift cards to the schools. Another year they worked with the Boys and Girls Club before settling in with the CLB.
“This just seemed to be a really good fit for us,” said Miller. “They’re very involved with all of the schools in Whitecourt.”
Staples will also provide supplies throughout the school year should any students be in need.
Donations can be made at the store until Sept. 4. More information can be found at staples.ca/supplydrive.