Volunteers are currently distributing 300 backpacks for students of all ages. Any students in need of a pack for the coming school year are encouraged to visit the Salvation Army today or tomorrow.
The Salvation Army, the Prince Rupert Rotary Club, Northern Savings Credit Union and The Bargain Shop put on the backpack program annually, that helps students living in need in the community.
Distribution started this morning, with over 35 people coming in to claim new packs within the first two hours.
Volunteers Lila Spence and Reggie Huskins will be helping hand out new backpacks over the next two days. Spence is a diehard volunteer at the Salvation Army, and has been volunteering with this specific program for the past three years. Huskins has been helping out with the program since it started, and says he plans on continuing to volunteer each year until the Vancouver Canucks win the Stanley Cup.
Although Captain Gary Sheils says there usually aren’t any packs left over, if there is this year they will go to the Food Bank, where families picking up supplies would have the opportunity to take one home.
Distribution will continue on until 4 p.m. today, as well as tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.