Single mother leans on Stuff for Students program for school supplies

Jim Day
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Thelma McCarthy of Charlottetown was able to pick up free school supplies for her daugthers Savanna Jackson and Jessica Jackson through The Guardian's Stuff for Students program.

Six-year-old Jessica Jackson pounces from one backpack to the next.

This is the one. No that one. Or maybe this one.

Her sister Savanna, 9, also gives the bags a close examination.

There are plenty of backpacks to choose from to lug supplies to and from school when classes resume next month.

And for Thelma McCarthy of Charlottetown, the price is right for scooping up supplies for her two girls.

Thanks to The Guardian's Stuff for Students program, the single mother will head home with a good free haul of school supplies, everything from binders to crayons, lunch bags to calculators.

"I think this is really, really great,'' says McCarthy.

"I'm having financial trouble right now.''

She feels blessed to be able to access The Guardian's program that provided supplies for 257 students last year.

The Guardian's Stuff for Students campaign is a back to school program created to ensure all Island children have the "stuff" they need to start the school year off right.

Donations can be left at Sobeys in West Royalty, on Allen Street, and in Stratford or at The Guardian office at 165 Prince St. until the end of the month.

Items still needed include dividers, highlighters, calculators, 2-inch binders and 1-inch binders, geometry sets, lunch bags, pens, construction paper, graph paper and dictionaries.

The Guardian makes an additional cash donation, as do many of our readers, to buy additional school supplies.  

For more information about donating you can call Tracy at 902-629-6866, or to access The Guardian's Stuff for Student Program call 902-892-8870.

Organizations: The Guardian, Sobeys

Geographic location: Charlottetown, West Royalty, Allen Street Stratford

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Recent comments

  • J
    August 28, 2014 - 19:54

    Yes Angela I do feel empathy for those families but have seen many situations where money was spent on coffee, cell phones, tattoos , cigarettes and hair dyes instead of necessary school supplies for children. Just hoping there is a real need there and yes children's needs should come first.

  • J
    August 28, 2014 - 11:36

    School supplies were recently selling for 5cents a scribbler, 25cents for 24 crayons etc. Is there really a need for giving out free supplies?

    • Angela
      August 28, 2014 - 13:59

      Unfortunately J, many families with young school age children have to make a choice in September whether they want to spend their last few dollars on school supplies or food. Even if you are able to get one child's school supplies with inexpensive things such as the 25 cent crayons it still adds up. I like to think you have the empathy to be able to feel that children deserve both school supplies and food.

    • IMO
      August 29, 2014 - 09:15

      Donating is not mandatory and is completely based on a person or companies compassion for those who are struggling to make ends meet. If my donation helps one kid who needs it then I will give up my coffee money and help a child with their back to school supplies. I have a suggestion "J", if you aren't sure or have concerns over the legitimacy of the need for free supplies..... perhaps approach a family who YOU know needs a helping hand and offer your support. If not, then don't criticize those that are helping in this Stuff for Students Campaign......or the ones using it. It is hard enough for some families to admit they need help and comments like your (judgmental) do not help that situation any. This is just my opinion though!

  • Tucker16
    August 28, 2014 - 11:08

    Don - perhaps instead of being critical of The Guardian and Sobeys stores in Charlottetown and Stratford, perhaps your efforts would be better suited to encourage The Journal Pioneer and the Summerside Sobeys to follow suit !!

  • don
    August 28, 2014 - 09:29

    you say this paper covers the island like the dew. but yet you only help the kids in ch'town. what about the rest of the kids on PEI i'm sure they help pay for some of the supplies but i see the kids in the capital are more important and the same for sobey's.

    • Raw-Daddy
      August 28, 2014 - 12:15

      Frig off Don, what are you doing to help island kids?

    • Bitty
      August 28, 2014 - 12:19

      What are you doing for Prince Edward Island youth Don?

    • Really?
      August 28, 2014 - 12:39

      Don, Were you a recipient of a letter that stated you could NOT bring kids from outside the Charlottetown area? You are a contrary old man with nothing but time on his hands. There is a way for you to be negative about everything and the general population doesn't have to look at it... YouTube, or a blog would work best for you and I (or anyone else) would not ever have to type in the address and listen to your negativity. VERY WELL DONE TO THE GUARDIAN AND ALL WHO DONATED!! By the way, Don; "ensure all Island children"... Right in the article.