A London-area charitable drive is collecting back-to-school donations early this year to help families needing extra help this year due to COVID-19.
The lingering effects of the pandemics are projected to cause a major uptick in demand for school supplies for the 100,000 students in the region who head back to their studies in September.
“Although we don’t quite know what school will look like this fall, we do know that students will still require the necessary supplies to participate in learning,” says Jackie Ellefsen of the Thames Valley Education Foundation.
The foundation is accepting donations earlier to ensure their proper sanitization, as well as to ensure sorting and packing of donations are completed in time for students’ studies.
The foundation, along with United Way Elgin Middlesex and the Salvation Army, will spend the summer collecting the supplies through their community-wide Best First Day drive.