BackPACK 2 School

Every child deserves a good start

BackPACK 2 School is a Seaway Mall initiative to help less fortunate children and their families have an equal start to the school year. We would like to provide children with school supplies for this coming school year. To do so, we need your help!

How Can You Help?

Purchase School supplies and donate them at Customer Service or at Hart between July 24 and August 24, 2019! School supplies, which are in the most need, are lunch pails and reusable water bottles, but every donation counts!

Shopping made easy: Stop by Hart and get a pre-loaded backpack with school supply essentials.

Reason Behind the Campaign

The proceeds will benefit the YWCA of Niagara, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing shelter, food and assistance to women, men and families in poverty.

We recently worked together with the YWCA of Niagara to raise awareness about homelessness in Niagara during June 2019. We hosted the Cardboard House for the second year running and we were able to raise over $5,000 with the help from our tenants and the community!

With the Cardboard House campaign, YWCA will be able to provide 900 meals for the women, men, and children, who are staying in their different shelters. Children experience homelessness in unique and sometimes surprising ways. Franziska Emslie, the YWCA of Niagara Community and Public Relations Coordinator explains that even though children “may not be the ones who have to worry about how to pay the bills or how to find an affordable apartment… homelessness means coming to school with their lunch packed in a paper bag rather than in one of the colourful lunch boxes the other children have.” When we heard that something as simple as not having a lunch box could single out kids in a bad economic situation, we knew we had to help!