Staples, Kiwanis Club partner on back-to-school program
Keiran Dougan, who is going into Grade 2 at Notre Dame Catholic School, shops for back-to-school items at Staples with his mom Glenda, Thursday. Staples and the Kiwanis Club of Orillia have partnered to collect school supplies for children in need in this community. SARA ROSS - THE PACKET & TIMES
More Orillia youth will be headed to school this September with backpacks full of supplies.
Staples has partnered with the Kiwanis Club of Orillia to reach more local students with their back-to-school collection program.
The two organizations will work together to raise funds and collect school supplies for local children.
“The Kiwanis Club can reach out to more kids than we as a store could,” Linda Worrod, service lead with Staples, said Thursday. “I think the Kiwanis Club will reach out to more kids and so it will be a lot better.”
Tim Timpano, Kiwanis past president, said the club’s contribution is their ability to get the supplies to many children.
“That’s the piece of the puzzle we can bring to the table,” he said. “We already have those connections in the community, so we can handle the logistical support on behalf of Staples.”
How much they can hand out depends on how much the community gives.
“It all comes down to the support of the people in Orillia who are able to get down to the store and make a donation for this worthy cause,” Timpano said.
Last year, working on their own, Staples raised $3,258 to collect school supplies.
With the backing of Kiwanis, they are hoping for $5,000, but have set a goal of $3,500.
“We’re trying to really go for it with Kiwanis on board,” said Denise Leach, sales manager with Staples Orillia.
Children will be inspired to work harder if they have fresh school supplies, Worrod said.
“If you go to school and you have all these nice, new things that make you feel better about yourself, you’re going to feel better,” she said.
Staples is looking for donations like backpacks, paper, sharpeners, pencil crayons, crayons, glue and monetary contributions.
Canada-wide, Staples has set a goal to raise $1.5 million for children in need.
Donations will be accepted in the new store — off Murphy Road — from July 29 to Sept. 11.