The Caring and Sharing Exchange is looking for donations to help outfit over 3,000 children in need of new school supplies. It says it has 1,000 kids on a wait-list.
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With September on the horizon a local charity is asking for donations to help outfit over 3,000 children in need of new school supplies.The Caring and Sharing Exchange additionally said it has an approximate 1,000 children on a wait-list.Cindy Smith, executive director, who’s organization provides assistance to families and individuals in need during the Christmas and back-to-school seasons said this time of year can be a very difficult time for many parents. She said her goal is to relieve some of that stress.“We provide children with a backpack and it’s stuffed with all the school supplies they would need with their particular grade,” she said.With the new school year approaching, a recently released Canada-wide study found many families are stressed by the start of the school year.The study published by the Field Agent Canada, a data-collection agency, compiled results from more than 500 mothers across Canada and found 76 per cent agreed in some form that “the back-to-school shopping season is a strain on my personal budget.”The study also found children have a large influence on what their parents purchase.“Coming up with the money … kids always want what others have … it’s crazy expensive,” one mom said in the study.Smith agreed with the finding and said this can be difficult for both the children and the parents.“It’s tough on the children because they want to fit in, but it’s also you know stressful on the parents or guardians to know that they can’t provide that,” Smith said.The study found 49 per cent of participants said price is the most important aspect of their back-to-school purchases, something Christa Allevato, manager of operations and partner relations with the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation understands.“A lot of families have a hard time at this time of year,” Allevato said. “We just try to do what we can to help them.”Allevato’s organization works with the Caring and Sharing exchange to provide backpacks and school supplies to children. She said the OCH Foundation is looking for donations.Smith said the Caring and Sharing Exchange is also looking for donations — particularly monetary — as the organizations partnership with retailers allows them to buy in bulk.ALSO IN THE NEWS:Veteran councillor strikes access deal to get more LRT info released in 2019, says it’s ‘ridiculous’ he has to fight for it‘Indescribable emotional trauma and personal upheaval’: Lawsuit seeks $8M from Cody Ceci and others following freak accidentGirl with rare blood disease headed back to hospital