Back-to-School Backpack Program

Support Our #BGCBack2School Fundraising Campaign

When kids and teens go back to school in September, our Club will be there to support them.

The pandemic created issues none of us were prepared for – but it also sparked innovative solutions. Working with less, our Club continues to offer the support that so many young people need during the school year, from PPE and school supplies to homework help and post secondary planning, mental health check-ins and peer support groups to healthy meals before and after school, and so much more.

Your generosity will allow our Club to continue to provide a safe place for young people to grow, learn, and thrive. Through in-person and virtual programs tailored to our community’s needs and healthy, empowering relationships, we help young people develop confidence and resiliency that will serve them for life.

Parents, guardians, members and youth: Children and youth must have attended in-person programs regularly in the last year, to receive a backpack. Due to the amount and need of our children and youth at the 6 locations we serve, we currently do not provide backpacks to other organizations or community members. Please note that filling out the registration form does not guarantee a backpack, as the number of backpacks received is dependent on the generosity of donors and other organizations.

Donations of $20 or more will receive tax receipts. All tax receipts will be emailed.

3 Ways to Get Involved

1. Make a Gift Card Donation
Support our Club by making a generous contribution. Gift card donations can be emailed directly to us, or we can arrange a safe drop-off.

2. Make an In-Kind Donation
Fill a backpack! We encourage all interested in providing an in-kind donation to fill a backpack full of back-to-school supplies (pencils, pencil crayons, notebooks, etc.)! Donations must be dropped off to our 101 Spruce Street Club location.

3. Make a Monetary Donation
Using the donation page on our website, you can donate directly to our Back2School Backpack Campaign! All donations will go to the purchase of gift cards and in-kind items for our members.

Gift Card Suggestions
  • Walmart
  • Staples
  • Indigo
  • Winners
  • SportChek
  • Subway
  • Pizza Pizza
  • Tim Hortons
  • McDonald’s
  • Wendy’s
  • The Ultimate Food Gift Card
  • No Frills
  • Loblaws
  • FreshCo
Suggested School Supplies
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Highlighters
  • Markers
  • Pencil crayons
  • Pencil case
  • White-out
  • Water bottles
  • Combination locks (for lockers, bikes or scooters)
  • Staplers & staples
  • Geometry sets
  • Hole punchers
  • Scissors
  • Sticky Notes
  • Agendas
  • Binders
  • Notebooks
  • Labels
  • Note cards/flash cards
  • Portable USB drives
  • Phone chargers
  • Looseleaf paper
  • Dividers
  • Sheet protectors
  • Calculators
  • Tissue (travel size)
  • Hygiene products/travel size toiletries (pads, tampons, deodorant, lotion)
  • First aid supplies (band aids, hand sanitizer, masks)
Backpack Campaign Contact

Sheilana Dela Cruz
Manager, Programs & Services 
416-925-2243 ext.32

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