Toronto (GTA) Neighborhood Hero’s Association
Whitby, ON, Canada
We have created a wishlist on Amazon.
According to a recent survey commissioned by Visa Canada, the average back-to-school shopper will spend $325 in-store and $163 online.
With that in mind, and everything else that is happening in the GTA already, T.N.H.A has launched their first annual #ProjectBackpack.
We do not want any child/teenager to feel left out in anyway.
We would like to collect:
- 100 backpacks (Minimum)
- 50 elementary
- 25 girls
- 25 boys
- 50 high school
- 25 females
- 25 males
School Supplies to fill minimum 100 backpacks:
- New backpacks (child or youth-sized, with no corporate logos, offensive designs, or text)
- Blunt scissors (we cannot accept sharp scissors – we only give out scissors that are appropriate for children)
- 1 Pkg. Lead Pencils
- 1 Pkg. Crayons
- 1 Pencil Case
- 1 Eraser
- 1 Pencil Sharpener
- 1 Glue Stick
- 1 Pkg. Construction Paper
- 1 Pkg. of Exercise Books
- 1 Binders (1-2 inches)
- 1 Pkgs. Lined Paper (200 sheets each)
- 1 Notebook
- 2 Report Covers/Duo Tangs
- 1 Pkg. Pencil Crayons (12 pack)
- 1 Pkg. of Pens
- 2 Highlighters (1 pk. of two or two individual)
- 1 Pencil Case
- 1 Glue Stick
- 2 Erasers
- 1 Pencil Sharpener
- 1 Pkg. of Pencils
- High School Agenda or planner to keep track of homework assignments
- Binder dividers
- 1 binder per subject
- 1 folder per subject for handouts
- Calculator, if allowed
- 2 highlighters in different colors
- 1 pack of No. 2 pencils (12-count)
- Loose-leaf paper (college-ruled or wide- ruled)
- 2 packages of 1/4-inch graph paper
- Mini stapler
- 1 three- or five-subject spiral notebook
- Zip drive or USB drive to save work done on home and school computers
If you would like to donate, you can email transfer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
T.N.H.A #PROJOCET BACKPACK PROGRAM GUIDELINE AND Q&A
DO I HAVE TO INCLUDE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE ON THE LIST FOR THE AGE RANGE I AM PROVIDING BACKPACKS FOR?
YES – It is important that we are providing all of the same items on the list to ensure each child has the tools to succeed equally. We may also need to combine your donated backpacks with others going to the same location and we want to know they will all provide the same excitement.
CAN I USE DIFFERENT PACKAGE SIZES FOR ITEMS SHOWN ON THE LIST?
ABSOLUTELY – There are so many varieties of items to choose from so yes you can use different pack sizes for items. We just ask that they are not excessive or take up too much space in the backpack so all items required can be included. Example: 10 pack of pens vs. a 6 pack of pens or 200 sheet refill paper vs. 150 sheet refill paper
CAN I ADD ADDITIONAL ITEMS NOT SHOWN ON THE LIST PROVIDED?
ONLY LIST ITEMS PLEASE – Although we love the generosity, we created our backpack lists based on the needs specified by parents and educational facilities to provide a consistent selection of supplies. We also may need to combine donations to equal the needs at each location, and it is so important that your backpacks match everyone else’s. Feel free to box those extra items up and label them accordingly as we can often utilize them in our programs across Canada as prizes or incentives throughout the program.
IF I HAVE LEFTOVER ITEMS CAN I JUST ADD EXTRA STUFF TO SOME BACKPACKS?
CAN I ADD FOOD, SNACKS, OR DRINK CONTAINERS TO THE BACKPACKS?
NO – It is very important that food or drink items are NEVER added to backpacks as children may have allergies to certain products, and our distribution is not always immediate, therefore items could expire before they are received. Rest assured that our programs all provide a healthy snack for the children each week to give them the energy and nutrition they need to learn and participate.
HOW SHOULD I PACKAGE THE BACKPACKS FOR DROP OFF OR PICK UP?
It is so helpful to us to have a consistent packaging process to enable our volunteers to receive and re-distribute your generous backpack donations quickly and efficiently. To complete this we need to ensure we know exactly what is being donated with clear detailed labeling and secure packaging.
Please ensure the following is completed to allow us to complete this efficiently
BOXES – Source solid corrugated boxes that will hold approximately 4 to 6 backpacks and are ideally all the same size. An example would be item #694019 from Staples which measures 20”L x 14”W x 12”H. Anything larger becomes too heavy to lift for both yourself and our volunteers. Please seal each box with tape so they don’t break open during transportation.
LABELS – Please ensure each box is labeled with the following 2 things…
1. The quantity of backpacks enclosed in the box
2. The grade level they were created for (either Grade 1-3 OR Grade 4-8)
DETAILS & DEADLINES
- August 31, 2020 — Deadline for backpack collection
We are servicing:
- Durham Region
Financial donations are preferred. With these funds we are able to purchase new school supplies and backpacks in bulk at a discounted rate, allowing your donor dollar to go further.
If you would like to donate or volunteer please contact us at email@example.com.
A heart full of compassion
goes a long ways!
Was organized by Layla Star and Michael L., for a way to give back to the less fortunate.
- $350.00 in monetary donations
- hygiene kits items
- donated food
We gave away 65 bags filled with hygiene kits, gloves, scarves, hats, socks, and water. Along with Donated samosas, jerk chicken wings, and chicken salad sandwiches.
We like to thank all of the companies and individuals that donated. We appreciate your heart and compassion for life.