RICHMOND, BC, July 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Over 5,000 kids in need will receive
a backpack full of supplies to start off the school year thanks to the
hard work of the Salvation Army and support of partners like the BC
Chiropractic Association (BCCA), Staples, Fitness Town and Starbucks.
The Salvation Army's annual Backpack and School Supply Drive kicks off
this week and runs through September 11.
During the summer months, the non-profit collects donated supplies and
monetary contributions to put towards thousands of backpacks stuffed
with school supplies for elementary students. Families throughout the
province who can't afford all of the necessities for school have the
opportunity to receive support through this Salvation Army program.
Drop off your donation of new school supplies such as pencils, binders
and felts to any BC Fitness Town store or participating Starbucks
locations. Cash donations can be made at Staples stores in the Lower
Mainland. Individuals can also text "GIVEBC" to 45678 to make a $5
donation directly to the Salvation Army.
The program started simply 17 years ago when the Salvation Army's
Vancouver Family Services centre began handing out school supplies in
plastic bags to their clients. Since the addition of several local
partners, the campaign has more than doubled in size, from 2,000 to
over 5,000 backpacks. This growth ensured that support was accessible
to communities outside of Metro Vancouver including Vancouver Island,
the Okanagan and Northern BC. The reach goes even further with the
Newfoundland and Labrador Chiropractic Association and Newfoundland
Salvation Army working to secure backpacks and supplies for children in
The BCCA and the Salvation Army are looking forward to another
successful year with the program. "What a pleasure it is for us to
partner with and have the support of the BC Chiropractic Association"
says Lt. Colonel Larry Martin, Divisional Commander for the Salvation
Army BC Division. "Without organizations like the BCCA who believe in
the work we do and our local communities, these types of important
initiatives would not be possible. It's encouraging to know so many
young kids will be heading back to school with a quality backpack and
supplies needed to have a successful school year."
Not only does the Salvation Army's Backpack and School Supply Drive
provide a much-needed boost for children to succeed in the classroom,
it also serves as an opportunity to educate students about backpack
safety and spine health. "Pack it Light, Wear it Right" backpack safety
information is included in all of the bags so that each child can use
their new backpack correctly. This safety program promoted by BC's
chiropractic doctors reminds children and parents what to look for in a
backpack and how to pack it properly.
With BC identified as one of the most unaffordable places to live, the
need for this kind of support is quickly growing. Through the
continued efforts and dedication of the community, local sponsors and
the Salvation Army, more children will have the opportunity to get an
education and reach their full potential.
The British Columbia Chiropractic Association (BCCA) is the voluntary professional organization that represents B.C.'s
chiropractic doctors on matters including health policy, public
information, and liaison with health authorities.
SOURCE: British Columbia Chiropractic Association
For further information:
Dr. Don Nixdorf
Executive Director, BCCA