It wasn’t too long ago that Daisy Williams was collecting school supplies at the Salvation Army, but on Thursday she was volunteering with the organization to help distribute them.
“It’s a tremendous help for anyone getting help because I find everyone needs a little bit of something,” Williams said.
Families walked through the front doors to pick up backpacks containing notebooks, pencils, markers and more.
For Williams, the reaction of the families is what is most gratifying.
“The smile they had on their face when they were given a school bag is just amazing,” she said.
For years, the Salvation Army has provided families with school supplies. But this year, he says the number of families in need has doubled.
“We are now heading towards the 600 mark with a waiting list for children and young people to receive help,” the Salvation Army captain said. Brent Haas. “We’ve never seen anything like this before.”
It’s not just a Nova Scotia problem, the number of families needing supplies has increased across the Maritimes. It’s gotten to the point where they don’t even have enough backpacks to give out, so they use bags.
“The numbers continue to rise for people in need,” said Gina Hagget of the Salvation Army. “It’s not going away. It continues, the request. And we have to meet that demand.”
With only a few days left before the start of the school year, the waiting list for school supplies is getting longer. The Salvation Army encourages people in the Maritimes to give what they can, whenever they can.