United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk delivered backpacks filled with new school supplies to hundreds of students in need across Haldimand and Norfolk.In 2018 the list of children in need of supplies in the area had 125 students from 10 schools. This year, the list grew to over 600 students from 29 local schools. This was in part due to the growing awareness of the program among the schools and community.United Way’s goal was to provide local students with the supplies they need to succeed, regardless of family income. They worked with the local schools to identify how many kids needed help and which supplies were needed the most.Donation bins were located throughout the two counties where community members could drop off donated items. The donated school supplies helped students of all ages.“I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation for the generous donation of back to school backpacks for students in need. Thank you for supporting our students,” Colleen Kelly, principal of Hagersville Elementary School, said in a press release.The amount of donated school supplies was so great that three locations were needed in order to store them before distribution. Two Day of Caring events with staff volunteers from Libro Credit Union and Imperial were held to do the sorting, packing and delivery of the supplies to the 29 schools who signed up to receive them.