Captain Gary Sheils of the Salvation Army accepts a cheque for $850 from staff of Northern Savings Credit Union

Backpack distribution starts tomorrow in Prince Rupert

With school just around the corner, the Salvation Army is set to hand out 300 backpacks to people in need in the community.

With school just around the corner, the Salvation Army is set to hand out 300 backpacks to people in need in the community.

The program is a partnership between the Salvation Army, Northern Savings Credit Union, the Prince Rupert Rotary Club and the Bargain Shop, which sells the backpacks to the local corps at a discounted rate. On Wednesday morning staff at Northern Savings Credit Union presented Captain Gary Sheils of the Prince Rupert Salvation Army with a cheque for $850 collected through donations made at the branch.

This year, distribution days will be on Thursday, August 23 and Friday, August 24 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Salvation Army church. Captain Sheils says that the backpacks generally go very quickly, and there aren’t usually any left over after distribution days.

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