St. Christopher's kicks off drive for back pack donations

By Staff

August 5th, 2022



Open Doors at St. Christopher’s is kicking off their yearly backpack program in partnership with Food4Kids Halton, Compassion Society and Burlington Together.

What in heavens name do they put in those back packs? Do they carry that many books?

The backpack program provides new backpacks and supplies to students from JK to grade 12 to help Burlington families reduce the financial strain of back-to-school season.

Beth Martin, Resource and Communications Coordinator at Open Doors.

“This year, we are aiming to be able to support 300 students with new backpacks that include hygiene products and high-quality supplies,” said Beth Martin, Resource and Communications Coordinator at Open Doors.

“Because our focus is on the more expensive – but necessary – items like reusable lunch bags, metal water bottles and scientific calculators, we are asking the community to support if they can by donating to the program.

We would be thrilled to receive a fully-packed backpack, but are also very happy to receive donations of individual supplies.

Every little bit helps set students up for success.”

Open Doors is most in need of new, high-quality backpacks for JK – grade 12 students, hygiene products and high-quality reusable water and lunch containers. Grade-level shopping lists, posters and up-to-date info can be found on the Open Doors website at

Donations can be dropped off throughout Burlington at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, Sims Square, Rocca Sisters Team offices, Chickadee Kids Company and Happy Beginnings Daycare.

Drop off locations are constantly being added, so please check the interactive map on the website for a location near you.

Additionally, Open Doors is partnered with Rocca Sisters to ensure donations can be made on Saturday, August 13th at any of the three Kids’ Fest locations – Brant Hills Park, Cumberland Park and Millcroft Park.

The last day for donations is Sunday, August 14th. Find up-to-date information on the program at




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