BACK TO SCHOOL
One in four children in Toronto are living in poverty. Yonge Street Mission (YSM) is committed to providing support to ensure children and youth in need thrive in school. Backpacks with school supplies are a vital tool!
Our Back-to-School Backpack event is an exciting experience for children and parents. For children, they are getting to choose from amazing backpacks filled with everything they need for their classes. For parents, it is an immense relief because they don’t have to choose between paying the phone bill or purchasing a backpack. For some parents there is no choice, they can’t afford a backpack with school supplies.
Hillsong Canada is here to lend a helping hand to the work YSM is already doing. We are asking our church family to support this initiative by purchasing new backpacks for JK – grade 6 with the supplies listed under the corresponding age group.
About Yonge Street Mission
Founded in 1896, Yonge Street Mission is a Toronto-based Christian development agency that provides wraparound support and services to each and every one of the 500,000 people experiencing poverty, to help move them forward. As a developmental agency specializing in poverty-related challenges, YSM works closely with individuals, families, children, youth, and entire communities living with chronic poverty. YSM aims to help change lives, build communities and transform Toronto, to ultimately end chronic poverty in Toronto in one generation.
YSM provides numerous programs and services to move families forward out of poverty. Their Cornerstone programs, which provide support to over 800 children, consist of our daycare, computer lab, March break, and summer camps, after-school programming, mentoring, and recently added Thinking Forward (an Anti-bullying Program).
Backpacks For The Kids!
As a church, we are committing to donate the number of backpacks indicated below. We are asking our church family to help support this initiative by purchasing new backpacks filled with the supplies lists for Kindergarten-Grade 6 students. Donations can be dropped off at 45 Davenport Road, during our 6:00 PM Sunday Service until August 13th.
We are also accepting financial donations towards this initiative. You can give online at the button below and by choosing the “CityCare” option or indicating “CityCare” in any way you usually give.
Jk-Sk – 30 backpacks
Crayola, washable markers, kids 5″ scissors, exercise books, water bottle, and construction paper.
Grades 1-3 – 45 backpacks
Crayola (12-24 pack), pencils pencil case, exercise books, small Kleenex packs, binder, Pencil sharpener, pencil crayons, Elmer glue, ruler.
Grades 4-6 – 80 backpacks
Crayola (12-24 pack), pencils, pencil case, exercise books, small Kleenex packs, binder, Pencil sharpener, pencil crayons, Elmer glue, ruler.