Fall is a time of new routines and cooler weather. It’s a time when paper, glue sticks and endless options for pencil crayons suddenly appear everywhere as parents ramp up for the dreaded school shopping marathon, armed with lists of supplies and sometimes cranky children in tow. It’s a time when kids are either thrilled at the new adventure, or terrified of what awaits… but it’s also a time of tremendous stress on families.

With average school costs rapidly rising, most parents are expected to spend an average $630 (according to recent studies) per elementary student. More if they are in high school. Now multiply that by 3 kids and you’ve spent your mortgage for the month! What happens if you are a single parent? Or just lost your job? Many children are heading off to school under resourced, simply because their parents can’t afford to cover the exhaustive list of supplies and must choose between school and food on the table.

Stuff the Bus was developed to assist families with the pressures of back to school. To make it just a little easier on mom as her baby heads off for their first day of school, to help the dad who already works two jobs trying to make ends meet but wants to see his boys armed with the stuff they need to conquer grade eight.

Will you partner with us?

We hope you would consider partnering with us in this endeavour to help these amazing young students get a great start on their new adventure.

How you can help: 

  • A monetary or new school supplies donation
  • Volunteer to organize donations and stuff back packs
  • Advertising, sharing the social media posts and raising community awareness
  • Connect with schools and agencies to let them know about this resource

MyCityCare relies on support of generous donors such as yourself. Your support will help ensure the success of our community, establish hope and equip those to have a better future. 

Drop off these items at the church or Stuff the Bus drop box locations through out your city:

School Supplies:

  • Backpacks
  • Pencils, Pens
  • Paper
  • Binders, Folders, Notebooks
  • Erasers (white)
  • Glue (white and glue sticks)
  • Crayons, Pencil Crayons and Felts
  • Rulers, Geometry Kits and Calculators
Additional Items:
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Deodorant
  • Tooth Paste
  • Kleenex
  • Tampons & Pads
  • Socks
  • Running Shoes

Nonperishable Food Items:

  • Canned Fruits and Vegetables
  • School Snacks
  • Pasta and Pasta Sauce
  • Canned Soup
  • Cereal & Oatmeal
  • Canned Meat
  • Crackers
  • Rice

How it Works:

The process is simple and we do not ask for bank statements!

Join the program by filling out a contact form and, within a few days, we will contact you to let you know we have a backpack for your child. Please note: depending on the demand it may take us a bit longer to process requests and match backpacks, but we will respond!

Once we have confirmed that we have a backpack, we will schedule a time for you to come pick up your child’s backpack. Bring along an ID for each student receiving a backpack. Identification can include: medical cards, birth certificates, social insurance card etc. That’s it!

Register online using the form to the left or contact us at one of our campuses.