British Columbia Division

Plans to send over 2000 needy children to school with a new backpack full of supplies hinge on public support


Salvation Army Backpack & School Supplies Drive in Vancouver runs from August 1st-September 15th

Can you remember arriving for the first day of the school year, sitting down at your desk with your brand new pencils, crayons, notepads and a fancy new backpack, and feeling proud to have entered the next grade fully equipped to succeed?

Each September should present every child with a fresh start to a successful school year. Unfortunately, there are many families—even here in Vancouver—who simply can’t afford the steep cost of purchasing a long list of required school supplies for their children.

That’s where The Salvation Army comes in.

Every year in British Columbia, The Salvation Army provides thousands of children with a brand new backpack full of much-needed school supplies to start the year. And in the few years they have seen an increase in families coming for support.

“In the last two years, we have seen the demand increase for our backpack program almost twofold,” says Major Ken Ritson, Director of The Salvation Army Vancouver Family Services.

This year’s goal is to support 2000 kids with a brand new backpack full of all the necessary school supplies.

There are 2 ways you can help:

  1. Drop off new school supplies and backpacks at Starbucks locations in Vancouver proper, and at Fitness Town locations throughout the lower mainland.
  1. Make a financial donation at participating Staples locations in Greater Vancouver.

School Supplies Shopping List:

• 5 pens (assorted) • 400 sheets of paper • 3 binders • White-out • 4-6 Duotangs • Ruler • Highlighters • Glue stick • Pencils • Erasers


• Markers • Geometry Set • Calculator

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