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What began as a collection of supplies in a basement when two moms sought to help neighbours in need has grown into a community-wide collaboration aimed at providing backpacks filled with school supplies to every student in need across the district.

Led by the Thames Valley Education Foundation and several community partners, the 13th annual Supplies for Students program is seeking support from the community to collect and distribute more backpacks filled with school supplies than ever before.

"The program started out small, but as community needs increase, so does public generosity," says Chantal McLaughlin, program coordinator.

In 2013, Supplies for Students distributed more than 2,000 backpacks and organizers are predicting a much bigger number this year.

"This year, we're pleased to be collaborating with other organizations, like The Salvation Army and United Way, as well as many long-time corporate sponsors to make Supplies for Students a more unified effort. Together, we can help more local families," McLaughlin adds.

"The Salvation Army is thrilled to partner with the Thames Valley Education Foundation for this year's Supplies for Students program," says Perron Goodyear, Public Relations & Development Representative. "We believe this partnership will strengthen our ability to be able to ensure no child goes without the supplies they require to start the school year."

TD Bank Employees' Back In Class program is the largest sponsor of the program, donating nearly 3,000 backpacks over the past five years. Two buses will be filled with packs on Monday, August 18 at 9 a.m. at the TD location at 220 Dundas Street in London.

Among the events organized to collect donations, volunteers in London, Strathroy and Woodstock will try to "Stuff the Bus" with donated school supplies. Supplies and financial contributions are also being collected at various locations until the end of August.

Please follow the link to learn more about how to make donations.

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