A Nanaimo charity is stepping up to make sure no child goes without a fresh start and new school supplies, to help low income families who can’t afford them.
Tiffany Joe and her three kids are waving goodbye to summer break and her 6-year-old daughter Francis for one is glad to be getting back to her favourite subject.
“Math,” says the 6 year old excitedly. “Are you excited to go back to school?” asks her mom. “You’re going to get a new backpack and pencil crayons,” says Tiffany Joe.
The cost of the back to school set up can be too much for many parents, like Joe.
“It’s like so expensive, like buying three backpacks and like all the crayons and the supplies and everything it’s just too much with my three kids,” says the Nanaimo mom.
That’s where a new charity in Nanaimo based out of the downtown’s That 50’s Barbershop will take over on Saturday. Between 10 am and 3 pm its offering free haircuts for school aged kids along with each receiving a new backpack packed with school supplies.
“This program means so much to me,” says Joe.
Barber Dave Lawrence and Megan Hamlet are behind the “Fresh Start: Back to School” campaign. They raised thousands of dollars through donations from his clients and Downtown Nanaimo businesses to make it happen, and now in its second year line-ups are expected to be long Saturday. Handing out as many as 200 backpacks.
“There’s tonnes of need the people in the community that need this and are excited for this it’s amazing,” says Dave Lawrence.
“We imagine how awesome these families are going to feel that there’s one less thing to struggle and there’s one less negative emotion attached to sending those kids off to school,” says Megan Hamlet.
They hope to take away some of the stress low income parents are feeling this time of year. By giving any child who wants it the chance to go back with a little extra confidence and the new school supplies their classmates will have.
“It helped out lot last year and we’re looking forward to going back this year. We’re so excited cannot wait,” says Tiffany Joe.
Celebrating the spirit of a new school year with new supplies. In exchange for a drawing or story from each child of their favourite summer memory, as the summer of 2016 fades fast into fall.