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Salvation Army in Burnaby holds back-to-school donation drive for kids in need

The Salvation Army wants to support 41 Burnaby students with backpacks and school supplies.
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The Salvation Army is holding a donation drive for backpacks and school supplies to give to families in need.

The Salvation Army is holding a donation drive for backpacks and school supplies to distribute to Burnaby children in need.

Last September, the Salvation Army supported 10 children through the back-to-school backpack and school supply drive, and this year the demand has "increased tremendously," said Beatriz Acevedo-Arbizu, community engagement coordinator, in a news release.

This year, the target is to help 41 students around North and South Burnaby, Acevedo-Arbizu said.

With the rising cost of living and the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, there's more families coming to the Salvation Army for support, according to the release.

The organization wants to collect backpacks and school supplies for 15 teen girls and 16 boys in grades 4 to 7 and 10 girls in grades 4 to 7.

You can drop off donations at Cariboo Hill Template at 7195 Cariboo Rd.

The Salvation Army will distribute the donations to students at Burnaby's Marlborough Elementary School and to girls participating in 

You can get more information by emailing Bea.Acevedo-Arbizu@salvationarmy.ca or calling 236-992-7416.