Help ACS Fill-A-Backpack

ACS staff sort donations for the Fill-A-Backpack program, on 7 July 2016. The Amherstburg not-for-profit is seeking donations for the 2018 edition of the annual initiative to help under privileged school kids.Photo courtesy of Amherstburg Community Services.

ACS staff sort donations for the Fill-A-Backpack program, on 7 July 2016. The Amherstburg not-for-profit is seeking donations for the 2018 edition of the annual initiative to help under privileged school kids.
Photo courtesy of Amherstburg Community Services.

(AMHERSTBURG, ON) – While children enjoy their summer holidays, one local organization has started working on a campaign to get school supplies to students who need them. Amherstburg Community Services is starting their Fill-A-Backpack Campaign on July 16, aiming to collect new and gently used school supplies to support low-income children.

According to the executive director at ACS, Kathy DiBartolomeo, the project is a benefit to the entire community.

“It’s a program that I believe everyone can get behind,” DiBartolomeo said. “Every child should be able to go in on the first day of school prepared with everything they need to learn and succeed. When you help us fill a backpack, you’re helping a child in your community become the best they can be.”

Having offered the program already, for five years, in 2017 ACS was unable to provide the service. This year, though, the local non-profit has committed to bringing the program back to support Amherstburg families and children.

People interested in supporting Fill-A-Backpack can donate new or used school supplies to ACS at 179 Victoria Street South in Amherstburg. Monetary donations are also being accepted at the same location and on their website.

Anyone looking for information on if they qualify to receive school supplies should contact ACS at 519-736-5471. School supplies will be distributed from August 13 to August 17.

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