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.