Community drive collects backpacks for kids
Summer might have just begun for kids in our region but some parents are already worrying about how to afford all the supplies needed to send their kids back to school this fall. Best First Day, a partnership coordinated by United Way Elgin Middlesex’s Labour United and GenNext, Thames Valley Education Foundation and the Salvation Army, has begun collecting backpacks and school supplies to provide kids from families in need.
“Back to school shopping is an expensive time of year, and many families in our community are struggling to make ends meet,” says Kelly Ziegner, CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex. “Best First Day helps to make sure every child in our region heads back on their first day with the tools they need to succeed.”
This year aims to collect even more backpacks with a goal of 4,000, each stuffed to the brim with pens, paper, pencils and everything else a young person needs to make their first day back great.