Backpacks Full of Hope for Kids in Need



    TORONTO, Aug. 22 /CNW/ - In Canada, one in every six children lives in
poverty.(*) To help enrich the lives of these children and prepare them for a
promising future, the KidsFest Canada In The Bag Back-To-School Supply Drive
in partnership with Grand & Toy, will donate 4,000 backpacks filled with vital
school supplies to students with the greatest needs across Canada.
    "The number of students that begin each school year without the
appropriate school supplies is distressing, so partnering with companies like
Grand & Toy, who understand the importance of reaching out to these children,
is invaluable," said Brian Warren, CEO of KidsFest Canada. "By providing
disadvantaged children with the tools they need to start the year off on an
even playing field, we are celebrating with them that they have the potential
to create a positive and promising future for themselves."
    The In The Bag backpacks will include fundamental supplies including
pencils, crayons, duotangs, binders, scissors and rulers among many others and
are valued at $125 each. The products were generously donated by Grand & Toy
partners including 3M Canada, Hilroy Ltd., Bic Inc. and Avery Dennison to name
a few.
    "A company is only as strong as the community to which it belongs, and we
are proud to be affiliated with such a worthy community cause," says Pat
McMahon, Vice President, Sales, Grand & Toy. "For the 2007 In The Bag program,
Grand & Toy is providing warehousing and distribution services across Canada,
product coordination, and financial support. By 2008, KidsFest will become our
national and exclusive corporate charity."
    There is no doubt that donations like these make a huge impact on a
child's educational success, as well as their self-confidence. As poverty
continues to be an obstacle in Canada, the passion and drive of organizations
like KidsFest Canada will help provide this country's most disadvantaged
children with a better, brighter future.
    For more information about KidsFest and their programs including the In
The Bag Back-To-School Supply Drive, visit www.kidsfestonline.com.

    About KidsFest Canada

    KidsFest is dedicated to equipping elementary-aged children who live
below the poverty line, enabling them to become valuable contributors within
their respective communities and the nation. We provide children with the
basic tools necessary to break the cycle of generational poverty and achieve
life-long success. KidsFest's community matrix, which is the engine that gives
our programs sustainability, includes strong, lasting partnerships with
businesses, schools and community groups, offering innovative programs focused
on academic achievement, physical fitness and social interaction. Through our
comprehensive, education-based approach to eradicating child poverty, KidsFest
is paving a Pathway of Hope for the next generation!

    About Grand & Toy

    Founded in 1882, Grand & Toy has evolved from Canada's leading supplier
of office products to the nation's number one source for complete business
solutions. From office supplies, interiors, technology and business imaging,
to a host of essential services, Grand & Toy is enhancing office performance
by providing the tools and solutions needed to stay competitive in today's
fast-paced marketplace. Offering more than 10,000 products available through
an award-winning web site, detailed catalogue and over 40 retail locations
across Canada, Grand & Toy offers the resources, experience and insight to
help Canadian businesses realize their full potential. For more information
visit www.grandandtoy.com.

    (*) Source: KidsFest Canada

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For further information:

For further information: Alison Hardman, KidsFest Canada, (905)
319-1885, alisonhardman@bellnet.ca; Michelle Di Rocco, APEX Public Relations,
(416) 924-4442 ext.260, mdirocco@apexpr.com


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