Waterloo Regional Police Issue Annual Backpack Challenge

Backpack Challenge

Waterloo Region, Ontario The Waterloo Regional Police Service is once again challenging the community to take part in its third annual Backpack Challenge.

The Challenge encourages all residents of Waterloo Region to purchase new backpacks, lunch bags, school supplies, or gift cards to be donated to children in need. This year, we are also encouraging people to donate cloth masks for children.

Close to 2,500 backpacks have been collected during the past two years, along with thousands of dollars in gifts cards and school supplies. They have been donated to youth organizations and children in Waterloo Region to ensure they have an exciting back-to-school experience.

“2020 is a year like no other,” said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police. “The Covid-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things, but what hasn’t changed is that people are still in need in our community. We want to do our part to ensure every child in Waterloo Region goes back to school feeling confident, excited, and proud.”

The Backpack Challenge will run until August 21, 2020. All donations will be delivered to community organizations throughout Waterloo Region.

Donations can be dropped off at designated spots at Police Headquarters, located at 200 Maple Grove Road in Cambridge, or at any police division:

  • North Division, 45 Columbia Street East, Waterloo
  • Central Division, 134 Frederick Street, Kitchener
  • South Division, 176 Hespeler Road, Cambridge
  • Rural Division, 13 Industrial Drive, Elmira

If you would like to arrange a date to drop off a donation, or if you would like more information, please contact Cherri Greeno, WRPS Manager of Corporate Communications and Public Information, at Cherri.Greeno@wrps.on.ca or 519-570-9777 ext. 8773, or 519-498-9954.

Media Inquiries:

Cherri Greeno

Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Information

Executive Branch

Waterloo Regional Police Service

519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8773


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