(Staples Kanata store Manager Jamie Nicholas; Glynn Kneebone, President of Kiwanis Club Kanata-Stittsville; Councillors Glen Gower and Jenna Sudds at the cheque presentation for the fundraising drive ‘Start to Smart School Drive’ for school supplies.)
Looking to the future and the betterment of children’s lives, the Kiwanis Club of Kanata-Stittsville partnered with Staples Kanata Centrum to begin a local school supplies program. Starting in late July, the Staples’ Start to Smart School Drive continued through to late September during which time the store asked their customers to make donations to help children in need of school supplies.
In Ontario, Staples partnered with Kiwanis clubs who are taking responsibility for using the funds raised in each Club’s Community.
The Drive and the Club supporting fundraising, resulted in KC Kanata-Stittsville receiving $5,721 in donations from the Staples Store in Kanata. A 50/50 draw was also held in the store and raised $485 to date.
The group were joined by local Councillors Glen Gower and Jennifer Sudds to receive the funds from Staples Store Manager Jamie Nicholas.
Glynn Kneebone, President of the KC Kanata-Stittsville told Stittsville Central, “we are using these funds, through our School Board contacts, the Western Ottawa Community resource Centre, and Ottawa Community Housing, to provide children in need in the Kanata-Stittsville Community, especially those who ‘fall through the cracks’, with much needed technology and supplies to assist in their education and development”.
Used laptops and tablets were also dropped off at Staples, then donated back to the Kiwanis so they could distribute them to kids ensuring they would have proper access to a computer.