Quesnel’s Staples begin school supplies drive

Fifth year for school season program to help low-income students outfit for the new school year

Staples is once again gearing up for the Back To School season and is hoping to make the experience easier on some less fortunate students.

Doug Gore, business support manager at Staples, said this will be the fifth year the Quesnel location has participated in the event.

“Staples in Quesnel has been putting on the School Supply Drive since we opened,” he said.

Nationwide, more than 320 Staples locations are participating in the drive this year.

Although all school supplies are accepted, Gore said they prefer monetary donations.

“We prefer cash donations so individual families can get the proper supplies for their children’s specific needs,” he explained.

If you would prefer to donate school supplies instead of making a cash donation, Gore said some supplies are more in demand than others.

“Backpacks and other high ticket items are demanded the most,” Gore said.

“All donations are welcome.”

Since its start in Quesnel, the program has been able to help many families who could not otherwise send their children to school with proper supplies.

“In Quesnel, we have helped several hundred youths,” Gore explained.

“Nationwide, many thousands of children have been helped.

“All money donated in Quesnel goes directly to local students.”

To supplement donations made in store, Staples has been planning an event to help raise more funds.

“Every year we have hosted an event outside of Staples in Quesnel,” Gore said.

“In past years, it consisted of a dunk tank with local dignitaries and a barbecue.

“This year our event is Aug. 25 with our sponsors.”

One of those sponsors, Big Brothers Big Sisters Quesnel, is the administrator of the donations made in Quesnel and they take no administration fee.

At this year’s event, Gore said they plan on having a Fun Fair theme.

“There will be games and prizes for the kids, such as wheel of fortune, a fish pond, bean bag toss and a basketball throw,” Gore explained.

The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m.

For further information, call Gore at Staples, 250-747-0188.

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