The Salvation Army Helps Students Get Back to School

Several backpacks in a pile
by British Columbia
Categories: Blog, Community

Back to school time can mean a lot of different things for different people. For some students it’s a chance to see their friends again. For teachers it provides another opportunity to inspire the next generation. However, for some parents and families the beginning of the Fall season can be very difficult as the growing cost of school supplies provides additional stress for those who may struggle purchasing them for their children.

This is where The Salvation Army helps people like Megan, a single parent who no longer has to deal with the extra hassle September can bring. “To buy a lunch pail, backpack and supplies, could cost up to $200. I’d have to spend less on a monthly bill and catch up when I can. Help from The Salvation Army means I don’t have to do that.”

In British Columbia Ministry Units across the province supported families in their communities through special events and fundraising initiatives.

Ridge Meadows Ministries accept a donation of backpacks full of supplies from local MLA Lisa Beare

In Maple Ridge a Backpack Distribution Fair was held where the Ridge Meadows Ministries distributed backpacks filled with school supplies and provided free haircuts for students.

Bill Glasgow of the Salvation Army and Neil Hodgson of Staples hold bags filled with school supplies. Photographer: Brent Braaten


The Prince George Corps and Penticton Community Church have both partnered with Staples Canada to help reach their fundraising goals and arrange backpacks of school supplies. These items are purchased based on the class lists that are specific to each grade’s need ensuring each student is ready to start the year off on the right foot.

The Penticton Salvation Army Family Services Supervisor John Rankin (on left) and Staples Supervisor Bev Conquergood holding two of the backpacks that will be provided to children in need.