Over 500 people filled the parking lot of The Salvation Army's Suncoast Citadel Friday morning, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a stop in Goderich on August 25, just in time to help with the 'Huron County Backpacks for Kids' program.
"Canadians are there for each other at times of difficulty. That's who we are, that's what we do. It's certainly something that's at the core of The Salvation Army." – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
One in 7 Canadian children live in a low-income household. The program helps provide children with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom.
“We will assist about 300 students,” says Lieutenant David Hickman, Goderich Salvation Army. “Children from low-income families often have fear about going to school and fitting in,” says Hickman. “Our program ensures they start school no different than anyone else."
The Prime Minister chatted with staff and volunteers, while filling backpacks with supplies such as calculators, rulers, exercise books, highlighters, pens and pencils.
Trudeau ended his visit by thanking Salvation Army staff and the many dedicated volunteers for their work.
"If we're going to succeed as a country, everyone has to have that chance and your generosity, with your time, with your efforts, with your involvement is truly the best of this community and of our country and I thank you very, very much."
By Shannon Wise | firstname.lastname@example.org