COVID-19 does not stop the Na’amat Calgary School Supplies for Kids Project

Na'amat Canada Calgary School Supplies for Kids program provides the Calgary area domestic violence shelters with backpacks filled with school supplies for school-aged children in their care.

(Calgary) – Na’amat Canada Calgary volunteers will gather over two days in August in order to pack backpacks with essential school supplies for more than 800 school-aged children living in 12 Calgary and southern Alberta domestic violence and homeless shelters.

“Planning for the 23rd year of the School Supplies for Kids project has been very challenging. Our main concern with the two packing days is to keep our volunteers safe.  This year our packing days will be structured very differently, so we can implement the necessary precautions to follow the Alberta Health guidelines.  It will also involve a much smaller number of volunteers,” says Stephanie Sacks, School Supplies for Kids Chairperson.

“Packing Day” is the final stage of the annual School Supplies for Kids project.  During this packing marathon, backpacks are filled with school supplies and then distributed to the domestic violence and homeless shelters. Na’amat Calgary’s community service initiative aims to equip these youth with the tools they need to succeed in school, and to help strengthen their self-esteem.

Since School Supplies for Kids inception in 1998, this Na’amat Canada Calgary’s community service project has provided more than 22,000 children with backpacks filled with school supplies.  Na’amat Calgary’s dedicated volunteers continue, even during the current pandemic, to make these children’s lives a little brighter.

“It is heartwarming to see how our members and volunteers remain committed to providing the needed backpacks despite the challenges of working together during the time of COVID-19,” notes Linda Gutman, School Supplies for Kids Volunteer Coordinator.

Established in 1925, Na’amat Canada is part of an international Jewish women’s non-profit organization that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of women and children in Canada and in Israel.

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