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Barbecues set to raises funds for Supplies 4 Success program

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 12:28 pm

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With back to school just around the corner, Staples in Airdrie, Community Links and the Airdrie Lioness Club are hosting free barbecues on Aug. 22 and 29 supported by Davis Chevrolet GMC Buick.

“We did it last year with (Staples) and this year we wanted to contribute again and make it even better,” said Kristin Latta, marketing and event co-ordinator for Davis Chevrolet.

The events will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Airdrie Staples located in Towerlane Centre on Main Street, and Davis Chevrolet will be on hand with two to three vehicles to test drive. For every test drive, Davis Chevrolet will donate $5 to the Supplies 4 Success program. In addition, Davis Chevrolet will donate an additonal $5 for every backpack.

The program, which began on June 26 and runs until Aug. 30, collects cash donations at the Airdrie Staples location. The donations are then used to purchase a variety of school supplies from students in need from grades 1 to 12.

Arlene Sieppert, the Airdrie Lioness media liaison, said the program asks for cash donations in lieu of donated school supplies because “Staples is able to purchase products at a discount,” which allows the dollars to go further. She added the cash-donation-only program also allows the groups to make sure enough supplies are purchased for each age group.

“We appreciate all the generosity from businesses and individuals wanting to donate supplies, but it’s easier to control what is in the pack if it’s cash donations,” she said.

Sieppert added the program has not yet reached the $20,000 goal and now is the time for a big push for donations so they will have enough funding to fill 260 backpacks for kids in need.

“School starts very soon and there are lots of families who need to supply their kids with backpacks and what they need to start school,” she said.

To apply for the program, parents will need to visit the Community Links office, located at 112 First Ave., to fill out an application. They will need to bring their own identification and their child(ren)’s Alberta Health Care number.

The backpacks will begin to be handed out the week of Aug. 25 to 29, but Sippert said they will continue to accept donations until Aug. 30 and will hand out backpacks in September as well.

“Come out to the barbecue,” Latta said. “You’re going to get to meet people in the community and mingle, test drive some vehicles, eat free food and donate without spending money.”

For more information on the Supplies 4 Success program, contact Community Links at 403-945-3900.With back to school just around the corner, Staples in Airdrie, Community Links and the Airdrie Lioness Club are hosting a free barbecues on Aug. 22 and 29 supported by Davis Chevrolet GMC Buick.

“We did it last year with them and this year we wanted to contribute again and make it even better,” said Kristin Latta, marketing and event co-ordinator for Davis Chevrolet.

The events will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Airdrie Staples located in Towerlane Centre, and Davis Chevrolet will be on hand with two to three vehicles to test drive. For every test drive Davis Chevrolet will donate $5 to the Supplies 4 Success program. In addition, Davis Chevrolet will donate another $5 for every backpack.

The program, which began on June 26 and runs until Aug. 30, collects cash donations at the Airdrie Staples location. The donations are then used to purchase a variety of school supplies from students in need from grades 1 to 12.

Arlene Sieppert, the Airdrie Lioness media liaison, said the program asks for cash donations in lieu of donated school supplies because Staples is able to purchase products at a discount, which allows the dollars to go further. She added the cash-donation-only program also allows the groups to make sure enough supplies are purchased for each age group.

“We appreciate all the generosity from businesses and individuals wanting to donate supplies, but it’s easier to control what is in the pack if it’s cash donations,” she said.

Sieppert added the program has not yet reached the $20,000 goal and now is the time for a big push for donations so they will have enough funding to fill 260 backpacks for kids in need.

“School starts very soon and there are lots of families who need to supply their kids with backpacks and what they need to start school,” she said.

To apply for the program, parents will need to visit the Community Links office to fill out an application. They will need to bring their own identification and their child(ren)’s Alberta Health Care number.

The backpacks will begin to be handed out the week of Aug. 25 to 29, but Sippert said they will continue to accept donation until Aug. 30 and will hand out backpacks in September as well.

“Come out to the barbecue,” Latta said. “You’re going to get to meet people in the community and mingle, test drive some vehicles, eat free food and donate without spending money.”

For more information on the Supplies 4 Success program, contact Community Links at 403-945-3900.


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