The Fort Saskatchewan Multicultural Association (FSMA) is setting kids up for the new school year.
Throughout most of August, a drive to stuff a vehicle full of school supplies is taking place through the association.
The back-to-school drive was started by the FSMA’s youth group led by Carmelita Santana, the daughter of the Association’s founder, executive director and program coordinator, Lana Santana.
“One of the things [the youth group] want to do is projects that would make a positive impact in the community,” said Lana, who spoke on behalf of her daughter. “[The drive] is geared towards helping families who have been affected by COVID, whether it’s loss of income or reduced income.”
The association is looking for backpacks, binders, notebooks, pens, pencils and anything else students will need to return to the classroom in September.
"This is such a giving community, and something like this to help our kids go back to school is something that would really go a long way for us in the future for our kids."
The drive is being held in partnership with Straightline Dodge, acting as a drop-off point for the school supplies and providing one of their showcase vehicles to stuff.
Anyone will be able to drop off school supplies during the dealership's business hours from Aug.1-21.