Comfortable, Confident and Ready for School!

Thanks to our volunteers, the Back to School shopping event was a success - just look at those empty shelves!Notebooks. A fresh pack of pencils. New gym clothes. These are things many kids look forward to picking out before the start of the school year – and that also help them get the most out of their education.

But for many newcomers and other youth who come from families with limited income, the cost of gearing up for school can be challenging. Our Back to School shopping event helps youth start the school year with the clothing and supplies they need to feel comfortable, confident and prepared to participate in all aspects of school life.

On Saturday, August 27, 200 teens came to New Circles where they received free clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as a free backpack full of school supplies and toiletries specially selected for teens. They also had the chance to visit an information fair featuring organizations such as the Flemingdon Health Centre, Toronto Public Library, Volunteer Toronto, and Woodgreen Community Services, where they learned about local community services and employment opportunities.

According to executive director Alykhan Suleman, education is an important component of community development. Moreover, “if youth have access to basic necessities, they are more able to focus on school and feel like they fit in socially,” says Alykhan.

Thank you to our many clothing donors and volunteers who helped make this event possible. Special thanks to the following funding partners: TELUS, Mackenzie Investments, W.C. Kitchen Foundation and the Norman and Marian Robertson Charitable Foundation.

New Circles' GLOW clothing service is the largest clothing bank in Toronto. We help 12,000 people of all ages annually.