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 2020 Knapsack Drive, you can help these children start 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 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 (365) 323-2861 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.

New for 2020, we’ve introduced an Amazon wish list for the knapsack drive! Now you can make donation directly from Amazon. Click here or use the button below to get started.

Please see the list below for our most-needed items

• 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

For more information, to volunteer or to find out about donation needs, please contact Nicole White, Special Events & Volunteer Administrator at or 905 528 5629 ext. 240

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