AMHERST – Every kid deserves a new backpack for school and here in Cumberland County, through the kindness of others, every child has that opportunity.
This year Maggie’s Place has received the continued support of the Bell Aliant Pioneers – a network of volunteers of current and former telecom industry employees – and the business community at large for its Backpack For Kids program and through its new partner, Cumberland Public Libraries, will expand the program beyond the boundaries of just Amherst.
“With our new partners, we’re sending complete backpacks to Cumberland County libraries, so children in need in every community can have access to back-to-school supplies, ” Sarah Rushton
The program has long been supported by the local business community and the Bell Aliant Pioneers have been one of the longest donors to the program, Rushton said.
The support allows for new backpacks to be filled with new school supplies and available to anyone in need.
Locally, the back to school supplies will be available at Maggie’s Place, 11 Elmwood Drive in Amherst, from Monday, Aug. 24, and Friday, Aug. 28 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon Friday.
During the same week backpacks will also be available at libraries in Advocate Harbour, Oxford, Parrsboro, Pugwash, River Hebert and Springhill during regular library hours.