“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” Oprah Winfrey

Invest in a child’s future!

As children and youth in our community prepare to go back to school, we would like to ask you to consider helping those that need support. Many families in our community are struggling to make ends meet and do not have the resources to send their kids back to school with a quality backpack and supplies to fill it up.

Help us stuff the bus!
This year we are aiming to “Stuff the Bus” with events across Simcoe County & Muskoka to collect donations of NEW backpacks and supplies to fill them up. We organize backpacks and supplies according to three grade levels – primary, intermediate and high school – and distribute them to children and families we work with who are in need. Please join us at the events in Alliston on Fri. Aug. 9, Barrie on Sat. Aug. 10 or Bracebridge on Sun. Aug. 11 and bring your donations or purchase items on site at Staples.


How else can you help? If you would prefer, we also accept monetary donations at the events or online. We will use donated funds to purchase items in bulk. Gift cards to stores that sell school supplies and footwear are also greatly appreciated.

Need more time? We welcome and accept donations at any of our nine offices across Simcoe and Muskoka.

What supplies are needed? Click this link to find out what supplies we recommend to add to backpacks depending on the age group. Not included on this list but always needed are indoor shoes for primary and intermediate students. Gift cards are great to help with these purchases. Please note that we only accept NEW items.

Thank you for helping all kids have a great start to a new school year!