Known as a back-to-school store, Staples sees it as only fitting that they take part in helping students and families.
Staples was, again, instrumental in raising funds which they donated to North Okanagan Youth and Family Services to help with its annual Backpacks Project, where organizations contribute funds to help NOYFSS purchase school supplies and backpacks for families who need financial assistance.
“We do it because we want to help our community and because it’s such an awesome cause,” said Jamie Wattie, Staples manager.
Staples staff, from July 1 to Sept. 8, had fundraising barbecues and bake sales, a silent auction that raised $1,000, and staff bought an iPod and sold raffle tickets (won by Vernon Grade 2 student Daniel Jassi, who bought tickets with his own money) with proceeds going to the backpack project.
Wattie said Staples may get recognized for its contributions, but she credits the store’s customers, both local and from out-of-town.
“We did the bake sales, barbecue and raffle, but the customers are the ones who donated their money,” she said. “And that includes a lot of people from out-of-province. A lot of our Alberta customers contributed to the project.”
NOYFSS, along with the Family Resource Centre, White Valley Community Services and Okanagan Boys and Girls Club – Armstrong work in collaboration with Staples to put together school supplies for identified students in the North Okanagan.
“This year, close to 400 students received supplies from Staples, and backpacks were purchased through financial donations to the agencies,” said Jan Shumay with NOYFSS. “It’s so nice to see the support for kids going back to school.”