Tools for School Program
The Outreach Centre and United Way of Central Alberta presents Tools for School which aims to reduce one known barrier preventing children and youth from successful learning and participation in school. School supplies are collected and distributed to families across Central Alberta who have children in kindergarten to grade 12, who otherwise could not afford to purchase supplies. Thousands of backpacks are filled with basic school supplies to ensure students have the tools they need to succeed in school.
Make A Monetary Donation
Can’t make it out to shop? You can still contribute by making a secure donation online by clicking HERE
Host A Product Drive
Start a collection! The success of this program is dependent on donations which we receive from individuals in our community and corporate sponsors. Make a difference and help us collect supplies so we can guarantee that students in need can start the school year on equal footing with their peers. Full lists of supplies, per grade, are available below.
Shop & Drop Off
If you’re out shopping for school supplies, double up and drop off your donations at one of the community Tools for School collection bins conveniently located at:
Wal-Mart Sylvan Lake
United Way office
Allstate Insurance office
The Outreach Centre
If you require assistance:
Any parent/guardian, who is struggling with financial challenges, and requires assistance to provide school supplies for their children, may apply. All applications must be made in person at our office located at: 4101-54 Avenue Red Deer, AB.
A valid health care card, per student, along with proof of household income is required.
Office hours are: Monday to Friday 8:15 a.m.– 4:00 p.m
Love in the Laces
Once again, our friends at CrossRoads Church will be collecting new shoes for children returning to school. Shoes will be distributed through the Tools for School program at The Outreach Centre. This year, CrossRoads Church hopes to collect over 1100 pairs of shoes for children going back to school. With the generous support of CrossRoads Church volunteers, students will be assisted with shoe selection and sizing to ensure they put their best foot forward when they return to school. This program relies solely on community donations. Shoes size, styles, colour and availability cannot be guaranteed.
To qualify for the Love in the Laces program, students must be a resident of Red Deer, Penhold, Blackfalds or Delburne. A valid health care card for each student will be required along with proof of household income when applying for the Love in the Laces program.
Shoe distribution is by appointment only. Appointments are required. Please call 403-347-2480 to arrange an appointment.
Dates & Times available for shoe distribution appointments:
Year Round Students – Monday-Friday, August 7, 8, 9 12:00p – 4:00p
Public – Monday-Friday, August 19 until September 6 12:00p – 4:00p