Knapsack drop-offs for 2019 begin August 12

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 2019 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.

If you’d like to donate knapsacks or school supplies, you can drop them off starting August 12, 2019 at our OEYC location, at 155 Queen St. N (lower level) between 9am-4pm Monday to Friday in Hamilton.

If you’d like to drop-off knapsack or school supply donations in Halton, please bring them to Quality Hotel at 250 Walkers Line in Burlington at any time, or Glen Abbey Church in Oakville at 1469 Nottinghill Gate from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you’d like to drop off donations in Brantford, please bring them to St. Andrew’s United Church at 95 Darling St. Please contact to confirm hours.

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.



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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