·  by Nathaniel Leigh   ·  The Drive FM

Women of Steel Elk Valley Complete Annual Backpack Donation

United Steelworkers Local 9346 Women of Steel have made their annual donation to help prepare local children for school.

90 backpacks filled with school supplies were donated to underprivileged youth in the Elk Valley and the Crowsnest Pass

Co-chair Sarah Thompson says the funding for the donation needed to come from their head office as the annual fund raisers for the program, the Bust Stop Barbecue and Women’s day of Golf at the Sparwood golf course had to be cancelled.

“Obviously with COVID we couldn’t do any of that this year,” Thompson says. “So I appealed to our head office in Vancouver and told them our plight and they really stepped up and donated a bunch of money to us, and we really thank them for that.”

This is the 9th year Women of Steel has made the donation.

“It started when I was on maternity leave actually,” she says. “And when I came back to work I though it was a great program. So, we continue to do it and we’re just really happy we can help out in the community.”

The contents of the bags are tailored for each grade in each school with lists issued in June.


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