With the upcoming school year drawing near, a partnership is ensuring underprivileged children in Prince Rupert are able to start the year off right.
The Prince Rupert Salvation Army, Rotary Club, Northern Savings Credit Union and The Bargain Shop will once again join together for the annual backpack program, which gives out free backpacks to children in need.
Salvation Army Capt. Gary Sheils said between 275 and 300 backpacks will be given away this year over two days: Monday, Aug. 25 and Tuesday, Aug. 26.
The giveaway will take place from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day and is on a first come, first served basis.