Supporting Oxford’s students in need
The OxfordSupplies4Students program will be able to help more students in Oxford County with school supplies, thanks to a $10,000 donation from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.
And the United Way Oxford, which heads the program, said other donations from the community will be matched from Toyota’s pool of money, up to $10,000. That means Toyota’s donation could be doubled.
“It’s a great way to inspire and double the gift,” said Kelly Gilson, United Way Oxford executive director.
“Every cent that’s donated goes to (supporting) students in Oxford County,” she said.
“Back to school is an expensive time of year, and for far too many families in Oxford County, those additional costs are an unbearable burden,” United Way Oxford’s website said.
“The Oxford Supplies4Students partners (including Operation Sharing) have worked with companies, individuals, faith groups, employee groups, labour groups, and service organizations to raise the funds necessary to ensure that no Oxford student in need is turned away. As the program has evolved over the past few years, particularly through the COVID-19 pandemic, we have gone from providing supports to 325 Oxford students to a record of 1189 grade JK to 12 students in September of 2020.”
Families in need receive a gift card to shop for what they need for back-to-school in September.
Gift cards will be available for Walmart, Staples, or Giant Tiger, Gilson said, and families will soon be able to access the program by calling 211 or going on the United Way Oxford website.
If you have any questions regarding registration, volunteering, fundraising efforts or donations, contact United Way Oxford at (519) 539-3851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be happy to direct you. You can donate to the program online at: https://unitedwayoxford.ca/supplies4students/
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Family Resources for Lent 2021.
The Diocese of London has prepared resources for Lent including: Tips for Family Prayer, a Lenten Reflection video with Bishop Fabbro (French transcript is available) and a Family Prayer Challenge. To access printable versions in English and French languages, at this link.