Help children get back to school ready to succeed

Thursday, August 2, 2018 — Back to school shopping is upon us. For many Ottawa families it’s time to stock up on supplies school year ahead. However, for some families this is a time of financial stress because they can’t afford the supplies their children need to succeed. Here’s where you can help!

Alongside local Staples, Scotiabank, and Bridgehead locations, the OCH Foundation raises funds to purchase backpacks filled with school supplies. Those backpacks are distributed to the various OCH community houses where they are picked up by the kids who need them.

Donations help buy essential school supplies

Donations are used to purchase essential school supplies including:

  • Backpacks
  • Calculators
  • Geometry sets
  • Pens and pencils
  • Glue sticks
  • Rulers
  • Scissors

And much more!

All of the supplies are packed into brand new knapsacks and distributed to families living in Ottawa Community Housing communities.
Each fully filled backpack costs $50.

How you can help

Donations can be made the following ways:

  •  Donate online 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week.
  • Donate in person at:
  • Bridgehead locations from August 6th to the 17th
  • Scotiabank branches from August 7th to the 24th
  • Staples South Keys, Kanata, Barrhaven and downtown Bank Street locations

For more information, contact Scott Fowler at 613-518-2098 or