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11 February 2021 | Community

Community joins forces to equip children with back to school supplies

In partnership with The Salvation Army, Warehouse Stationery has helped equip hundreds of Kiwi children with much needed back to school essentials; with many more still anticipated to receive the same support, thanks to generous donations from New Zealanders.

This year marks the eleventh year of our "Add a Dollar" campaign in partnership with The Salvation Army. Since 2014, the initiative has raised close to a million dollars to help ensure New Zealand's most vulnerable children have the best chance to succeed at school.

National Operations Lead at Warehouse Stationery, Jonathan Smith, is incredibly grateful for our customers' support and commends the thousands of Kiwis who got behind this year's appeal.

"Thanks to their support we've been able to provide hundreds of kids with the essentials they need to start the school year right; with new books for each subject and uniforms and stationery requirements, school costs can add up quickly. Our team is extremely proud of our partnership with The Salvation Army that helps set Kiwi children up for success in the classroom."

The "Add A Donation" campaign invites customers to add a donation to their purchase at Warehouse Stationery stores across the country throughout January and February. This year our customers have helped to raise over fifty-four thousand dollars to support families struggling with the costs of back to school.

Jono Bell, The Salvation Army’s Territorial Director for Community Ministries, says "we're grateful to have the support of our friends at Warehouse Stationery who are also passionate about gearing every child with back to school essentials. Our mission is to help transform the lives of vulnerable New Zealand families, and we would not be able to do this without the incredible support from our partners and the New Zealand community."

The support for families includes assistance to finance learning devices and to cover the costs of 'bring your own device' school requirements. Funds raised through this campaign will be converted into gift cards, that The Salvation Army will distribute to client families, to help pay for school supplies.

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