Waterloo Regional Police Receive Overwhelming Response to the #BackpackChallenge

Posted on Friday August 17, 2018

Waterloo Regional Police Receive Overwhelming Response to the #BackpackChallenge

For Immediate Release:  August 17, 2018

Waterloo Region, Ontario –  The Waterloo Regional Police Service has received an overwhelming amount of support from emergency service members and community members during its first-ever #BackpackChallenge.

The #BackpackChallenge was issued last month, encouraging all emergency service workers and community members to purchase a new backpack, lunch bag or $25 gift card to be donated to children in need.

The donations will be delivered to the local Family & Children’s Services Foundations’ Back to School Assistance Program on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 9 a.m. by police officers. They will then be distributed to children throughout Waterloo Region who are in need.

“We are incredibly pleased at the outpouring of support from members of the community and our fellow emergency service workers,” said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police. “The amount of donations we received exceeded all of our expectations and speaks volumes about the kindness of our community. Everyone who donated can be sure they are sending children back to class feeling confident and proud this school year. On behalf of the Waterloo Regional Police Service, I want to say thank you.”

Along with donations from emergency service and community members, substantial donations were received from Avery Canada, Mabel’s Labels, Chartwell Retirement Residences, NAPA Auto Parts, Cheer Sport Sharks and Knights of Columbus. Staples Canada is also supporting the back-to-school programs by taking donations until September 4, 2018.

Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region Foundation distributed approximately 600 backpacks to local children last year. This year, it’s expected to be the same amount.

Karen Spencer, Executive Director of Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region Foundation said: “I applaud the leadership of Chief Bryan Larkin along with Waterloo Regional Police Service, local emergency responders and members of the community, for letting children in Waterloo Region know they care about them and want to help by providing them with tools they need to be ready to learn. This means so much to the families we support.”

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