Single mother leans on Stuff for Students program for school supplies

Jim Day jday@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on August 28, 2014

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.

©Guardian photo by Jim Day

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.