Hamilton has the third-highest poverty rate in Ontario, and that translates to more than 6,000 kids in our community battling the unfair effects of poverty.

By participating in our 2021 Knapsack Drive, you can help these children start school in September ready to succeed!

What’s a Knapsack Drive?

For the last 11 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 living 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.

Please email or call/text (905) 975-2138 in advance to confirm a time & date to drop off donated items at 155 Queen Street North, between 9 am – noon Monday to Wednesday

To make a monetary donation online, click the button below to get started. Be sure to choose “Summer – Knapsack” from the dropdown menu, so you donation is allocated correctly.



If you’d prefer, you can mail a donation to

Wesley Urban Ministries
52 Catharine Street North
Hamilton ON
L8R 1J1

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

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

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

More Information

Download this year’s Knapsack Drive poster here.

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