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Knapsack Drive 2017

Diverse group of elementary students playing outside


34% of children living in lower Hamilton wards are impoverished, according to new report by Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton

You can help these children begin school in September ready to succeed!

What’s a Knapsack Drive?

For the last 8 years, Wesley has run a knapsack drive to ensure that kids in Hamilton start school in September with a fresh new knapsack and all the supplies they need.

Each year, we collect donations of knapsacks and school supplies, as well as monetary donations, and we assemble knapsacks full of much-needed school supplies to give to children in need in Hamilton before the school year begins.

This is a very popular program at Wesley, but it isn’t possible without support from the community.

How can I get involved?

For this year’s knapsack drive, we are accepting  knapsacks and school supplies, as well as monetary donations to allow us to purchase knapsacks and supplies in bulk on your behalf.

If you’d like to donate knapsacks or school supplies, you can drop them off starting August 1, 2017 at our OEYC location, at 155 Queen St. N (lower level) between 9am-4pm Monday to Friday in Hamilton. Donate early to ensure all our Summer Camps get a Knapsack on the last day of camp on Friday August 11 2017.

To make a monetary donation online, click the button below to get started.  Or you can make a donation over the phone at 905 528 5629 ex. 248 or 240 or mail a donation to Wesley Urban Ministries 52 Catharine Street North Hamilton ON L8R 1J1.
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Here’s the Knapsacks We’re Looking to Raise this Year

Pre-School Knapsacks ($25 each*)

  • Knapsack (small)
  • Crayons
  • Ice Pack
  • Insulated Lunch Bag
  • Markers
  • Paper
  • Reusable Water Bottle

School Age Knapsacks ($30 each*)

  • Knapsack (medium)
  • Erasers
  • Ice Pack
  • Insulated Lunch Bag
  • Markers
  • Pencil Case
  • Pencil Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Reusable Water Bottle

Teen Knapsacks ($40 each*)

  • Knapsack (large)
  • Binders
  • Correction Tape
  • Highlighters
  • Lined Paper
  • Pencil Case
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Scientific Calculator

*Approximate value

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More Information

For more information, to volunteer or to find out about donation needs after August 11, please contact Rebecca Young, Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator at *protected email* or 905 528 5629 ext. 248

Host an Event!


Third Party Events are organized by community groups (e.g. school groups, unions or corporations) to help raise funds necessary for Wesley to operate our programs and services. Wesley Staff will help support your event every step of the way. Here are some ideas to get you started!

22nd Annual Wesley Open Golf Tournament


For over 21 years,  The Wesley Open has supported Wesley’s Programs for Children and Youth living in poverty in Hamilton. With your help we can continue to provide “support every step of the way”. Please join us for this year’s 22nd Annual Wesley Open! 

23rd Annual Case for Kids Walk, Run, Ride


Join the walk to end child poverty on Sunday June 1, 2014, 1pm – 4 pm at Bayfront Park

For over twenty years, the Case for Kids Walk, Run, Ride has been raising funds for Wesley Urban Ministries’ children and youth programs. In 2013, $102,000 was raised and over a million dollars has been raised since the event began!

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