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

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

Over 265 children received backpacks in 2018

What Can I Donate?

  • Calculators 

  • Scientific Calculators

  • Markers

  • Pencil Sharpeners

  • Highlighters

  • Exercise Books

  • Pencil Cases

  • Lunchbags

  • Binders

  • Childrens' Scissors

  • Rulers

  • Glue Sticks

  • Spiral Notebooks

  • Math Sets

  • Reusable Waterbottles

  • Lunch Containers

  • Crayons & Pencil Crayons

  • Pens & Pencils

  • Erasers

  • Duotangs

And, Of course, BACKPACKS and any other school suppliesMonetary donations are always appreciated.

Monetary donations are accepted at Staples and the Stratford House of Blessing

100 Women Who Care Stratford is made up of just that - 100 Local Women who want to make a BIG impact in their community in a quick meaningful way!  100 Women Who Care has provided $8000 in funding for shoes for our Off To School Smiling Program.

Staples fundraised at the till and through raffles and pizza slice sales so that we could choose items 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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