Arriving to school unprepared and unequipped with basic, necessary school supplies is a reality for many kids living in low-income communities. They are forced to rely on access to left over supplies that their school may or may not be able to provide.
Pack a Sack ensures that children in OCH communities have access to the same supplies as their classmates. Alongside local Staples and Scotiabank 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.
Since 2014, we have supplied nearly 1,500 backpacks.
What Our Partners Think
Pack a Sack is a great program that helps a lot of children get ahead in their education – children that otherwise may not have the means. Not only are hundreds of children and youth assisted annually, the supply-filled packs are geared specifically to fit the needs of three distinct age groups. The packs are distributed to those in Kindergarten (5 years old), grades 1-3 (6-8 years old), and grades 4-8 (9-12).
Graham Yeadon – General Manager, Staples’ South Keys location
Getting School Supplies to as Many Kids as Possible
The graphic below indicates the approximate costs for the supplies that are given to kids in OCH communities. When you donate to Pack a Sack, your dollar goes the extra mile. Our partnership with Staples and our bulk-buy capability allows us to purchase a larger quantity of supplies at a lower cost – allowing us to help as many children as possible.