Langley families struggling to provide their kids with back to school supplies will be getting some help as the Gateway of Hope holds its fifth annual Backpack and School Supply Drive.
Last year, Gateway of Hope alone outfitted just under 300 Langley and Aldergrove community kids with school supplies such as binders, paper, pencil crayons, markers, glue and scissors.
Gateway of Hope assists all kids and teens from K-12. Every year the Salvation Army sees a rise in needed school supplies. Registration went up 27 per cent from 2012 to 2013 for local registrants.
Donations of new school supplies and backpacks will be accepted during the month of August at the Salvation Army Gateway of Hope located at 5787 Langley Bypass, Fitness Town, Langley and Aldergrove Salvation Army Thrift Stores, and participating Starbucks.
People can also donate money at participating Staples locations or text GIVEBC to 45678 and $5 will be added to their cellphone bills.
The campaign runs until Sept. 11, and is a partnership between the Salvation Army, BC Chiropractic Association, Staples, Fitness Town, Canadian Bible Society, Salvation Army Thrift Stores and Starbucks.
Needed school supplies for each backpack:
â€¢ 5 pens (assorted)
â€¢ 400 sheets of paper
â€¢ 3 binders
â€¢ 4-6 duotangs
â€¢ glue stick
â€¢ geometry set
The goal is to help 5,000 kids in B.C. this coming school year.
Registration is required to receive a school supplies package and Langley parents can do so over the phone or in person at Gateway of Hope.
Gateway is a faith-based multi-program residential facility that provides a broad range of services and programs from emergency shelter and life skills training to a culinary program and community initiatives such as the school supply drive.