Making a best first day for every child
In 2001, Natalie Trimble and Chantal McLaughlin, two working moms, started Supplies for Schools in their basement. Their goal: provide backpacks and school supplies for students in need so that every kid can start school ready to learn.
Today, the program has grown into a community-wide school supplies drive coordinated by three community partners – United Way Elgin Middlesex, Thames Valley District School Board and The Salvation Army. Collected backpacks and school supplies are given to local schools for distribution to students in need.
In 2019, Best First Day raised over 3,800 backpacks full of school supplies.
Natalie and Chantal still volunteer with the program, along with many workplace and individual supporters.