With students preparing to return to school, Thorold Community Care (TCC) is helping them get ready, but not without the help of the community.
Despite an increase in clients needing service, TCC was still able to provide backpacks for the over-200 students expected to use their services.
Taylor Cyopick, communications and special events co-ordinator for Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold, credited both Niagara Nutrition Partners and Canadian Tire for their sponsorship and providing things such as grocery shopping gift cards and shoes for children, respectively.
“It's really all worth it, and it's helping families that have been hit hardest by the pandemic,” she said.
Maxine Hutchings, manager of the Thorold branch of Community Care, said the community had been especially generous this year.
She told of a donor, who called one morning to ask what was needed and when Hutchings said she needed boys shoes in various sizes, the shoes were delivered by that afternoon.
“It’s been amazing,” Hutchings said, as she then told of a boy, who for his ninth birthday, brought in school supplies for other children.
Hutchings talked about the importance of connecting with the community, with donors, but especially with potential clients as they are sometimes unaware of how much they need.
“Somebody can phone (us) or come to our back door about something totally different, and then from that conversation you realize that this person needs more than just what they're asking,” she said.
TCC continues to take donations and clients and will be giving out school supplies as long as they last.
For more information, contact TCC at 905-277-9240.
Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News