Through this program, students from JK to Grade 12 receive a backpack and the school supplies they need to succeed.

Your financial donations are needed to help fill the gaps and ensure every child receives the supplies they need to start school off, with a smile😊!!!

Over 247 children received backpacks in 2019

Do I Qualify?

To qualify for our Off to School Smiling program you must:

  • Be registered with Stratford House of Blessing

  • Be within our food bank area

  • Have one or more children in JK to grade 12

  • Have full or shared custody of your children


Do you need help from our Off to School Smilling program?

  • To register call 519-273-3433

  • or  

What Can I Donate?

  • Pencil Cases

  • Lunchbags

  • Erasers

  • Children's Scissors

  • Rulers

  • Glue Sticks

  • Spiral Notebooks

  • Reusable Waterbottles

  • Lunch Containers

  • Crayons & Pencil Crayons

  • Pens & Pencils

  • Calculators

  • Highlighters

  • Markers

We Also Need New:

  • Lined Paper

  • Exercise Books

  • Pencil Sharpeners

  • Financial Donations

  • Scientific Calculators

  • Math Sets

  • Binders

  • Black and Blue Pens

  • Backpacks for all ages (Increased need for Grade 7-12 Backpacks )

We Greatly Need New:

How to Donate
  • We are accepting donations every Friday along with our Food Donation Friday drop-offs from 9:00 am -12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

  • Please drop off donations on the right side of the building at the red door by the ramp.

  • If you need an alternative day to drop off your donations please call 519-273-3433 to schedule a different date.

You can also support us with monetary donations

Help fill in the gaps by supporting us financially​. This will help us ensure every child receives all the supplies they need to succeed.

Please consider donating at the till for the Off to School Smiling Program.

Festival Marketplace

collects donations of school supplies and backpacks for us in bins they have up through the month of August.

Thank you to all the businesses, individuals and community groups who donated funds and school supplies to our Off to School Smiling Program.

Stratford House of Blessing

423 Erie Street, Stratford ON  N5A 2N3

Phone: 519-273-3433

Fax:    519-273-8020


Charitable #: 119200020RR0001

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