Waterloo Regional Police Issue Backpack Challenge

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Waterloo Region, Ontario The Waterloo Regional Police Service is once again challenging the community to take part in its second annual Backpack Challenge.

The Challenge encourages all residents of Waterloo Region to purchase new backpacks, lunch bags, school supplies, or gift cards to be donated to children in need.

Last year, more than 1,400 backpacks, $4,500 in gift cards, and thousands of school supplies were collected during the inaugural Backpack Challenge. Officers delivered the items to Family & Children’s Services Foundation, as well as other youth organizations in Waterloo Region.

“We were extremely pleased with the outpouring of support from the community last year,” said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police. “Delivering the items to children and seeing the smiles on their faces was priceless. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who took part last year and are hopeful we can do even better this year to ensure every child in Waterloo Region goes back to school feeling confident, excited, and proud.”

The Backpack Challenge will run until August 21, 2019. All donations will be delivered by members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service to community organizations throughout the Region.

Donations can be dropped off at Police Headquarters, located at 200 Maple Grove Road in Cambridge, or at any police division:

  • North Division, 45 Columbia Street East, Waterloo
  • Central Division, 134 Frederick Street, Kitchener
  • South Division, 176 Hespeler Road, Cambridge
  • Rural Division, 13 Industrial Drive, Elmira

Media Inquiries:

Cherri Greeno

Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Information

Executive Branch

Waterloo Regional Police Service

519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8773


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