For over 14 years, our thrift store has met a need in the community through our Back to School Program. Each year, with the help of Bow Valley Basics, we are able to provide school supplies for children throughout the Bow Valley. Thanks to generous donations from individuals, families, businesses, golf tournaments, and staff associations, we have been able to assist well over 1000 students. Each student receives a backpack, as well as school supplies; helping them start the school year with the necessary resources. Our sponsors feel strongly, as do we, that getting a good start to the school year is a strong step toward earning an excellent education.
Parents who apply for the program have indicated that it is a huge blessing in their lives. Back to school time, for families of low-income, is a big strain on budgets. School fees alone for some families are in the high hundreds or more. For parents with several children, the costs are daunting. Each year we see an increase in the number of families applying and as the costs of living here rise, we are certain that increase will continue.
We are thankful for a community that values people, and partners with us in serving local families, as part of our mission in the Bow Valley.
Program application forms are available in store.