Pepsi Refresh Challenge

Windsor area lawyer Colleen Caza enters Blessings In A Backpack in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge – a chance to win $5000 grant for her charity of choice. Please go to http://www.refresheverything.ca/backpacksforhungrychildren to vote – and please vote every day so we can win!

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One X One Foundation and Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack receives grant from the One X One Foundation. See: http://www.onexone.org/ One X One works to address child poverty in countries all around the world with specific focus on Water, Hunger, Healthcare, Education and Play.

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George Brown Student Helps Raise Funds

George Brown College students raised over $900 for Blessings in Backpack through an on-campus campaign in late November 2010 at the downtown and Casa Loma campus.

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Student Journalist Angela Mclean Helps Students in the Halton Peel Region

Student journalist Angela McLean received $1,000 on behalf of BIAB from United Steel Workers – Halton Peel, and she also received another $1,000 from Canadian Union of Public Employees – Local 905. Angela has been a tireless advocate for Blessings in a Backpack since it was established in Canada. She writes online for youth magazine THE MAGAZINE. See: http://www.themagazine.ca

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Tanya Kim on Star Portraits Series

E-talk TV celebrity Tanya Kim was featured in Gemini-nominated Star Portraits television series talking about her work with various charitable organizations, including Blessings in a Backpack. See: http://www.bravo.ca/television/star-portraits/celebrities.asp

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U of T Bookstore Partnership

The UofT Bookstore in downtown Toronto partnered with Blessings in a Backpack on an awareness campaign last fall to encourage the donation of used backpacks. Enough backpacks were gathered to support a new Blessings school. Thank you UofT Bookstore! Stay tuned for more promotions and exciting events in 2011.

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Angela’s Backpack Drive – Inspiring Success

Angela McLean, a budding journalist and seventh-grade student in Toronto, has helped raise 188 backpacks for Blessings in a Backpack through several methods. She raised 100 at an event at her local mall, 54 from a drive she set up at her school, 5 by donating them herself, and 29 from a young Canadian actor named Austin MacDonald.

Angela, who wrote her first article for her local paper at age 8, is a talented and driven young lady. She became familiar with Blessings in a Backpack after seeing Hilary Duff and Stan Curtis speak at press conference opening Canada’s first Blessing in a Backpack program in 2009. Angela was so impressed by Hilary and her passion to help less fortunate children, she made it her mission to help. After the press conference, Angela attended a charity dinner where she heard Hilary speak of the need for more backpacks. Inspired, Angela quickly went to work organizing a backpack drive at her school.

Angela, with her mom at her side, approached her school’s principal and vice-principal who agreed to a September 2009 Backpack Raiser. She busily spread the word about the backpack drive by making posters and announcements, as well as providing details in the school newsletter. She was even able to leverage her media contacts to encourage donations.

We thank Angela for her hard work and dedication in supporting the Blessings in a Backpack program and encourage others to create their own way to raise backpacks!

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Mississauga News: Blessings in a Backpack

Mississauga actor Austin MacDonald carries the weight of a unique backpack program on his shoulders.
The young actor was at the 14th annual Clarkson Village Halloween Fun Fest yesterday urging visitors to donate backpacks to the Blessings in a Backpack (BIB)program.

MacDonald, who has appeared in films such as Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, Roxy Hunter and Horrific Halloween, has teamed up with THE Magazine’s Angela MacLean to collect new or gently used backpacks in support of the internationally successful Blessings in a Backpack(BIB) program.

Read the full story.

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Blessings in a backpack in Mississauga News

Mississauga actor Austin MacDonald carries the weight of a unique backpack program on his shoulders.

The young actor was at the 14th annual Clarkson Village Halloween Fun Fest yesterday urging visitors to donate backpacks to the Blessings in a Backpack (BIB)program.

MacDonald, who has appeared in films such as Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, Roxy Hunter and Horrific Halloween, has teamed up with THE Magazine’s Angela MacLean to collect new or gently used backpacks in support of the internationally successful Blessings in a Backpack(BIB) program.

Read the full story.

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Ogilvy Renault rocks

Ogilvy Renault’s in-house band, DisORderly Conduct, will join corporate banks from the Royal Bank of Canada (The Performing Assets) and Telus (incident 11) in an annual battle of the bands on May 5 at the Tattoo Rock Parlor in Toronto. Proceeds will go to Blessings in a Backpack, Feeding the Future of Canada. The charity feeds students who must rely on government funded and reduced meal programs, but may not have enough to eat on weekends. Tanya Kim of etalk will host.

Read the full story in the Financial Post.

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