Nova Scotia

Parker Street gets more back-to-school donations

Food and furniture bank had more than 1,000 requests for school supplies for students in need this year.

'The response that people have been making is just really incredible'

Parker Street volunteers sort through donations on Sunday. (Paul Legere/Radio-Canada)

The Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank said more donations for school supplies have been coming in since it appealed for help a week ago.

"The response that people have been making is just really incredible," said Kevin McKay, Parker Street's operations manager, on Sunday. "Some of them have gone out and bought quite expensive backpacks and high quality calculators. It is really encouraging to see."

Demand up

The organization helps outfit children in need every September, but this year there was increased demand.

McKay said last year, there were around 750 requests; this year he said there were more than 1,000. He thinks that's because more people know about Parker Street this year, and because of the influx of immigrants to Nova Scotia.

Offers to help

People were quick to respond when they learned Parker Street needed more donations, McKay said. On Sunday, while out shopping for more school supplies, McKay said a man spotted his Parker Street shirt and offered help.

"[He] said, 'oh are you guys from Parker Street? I'm shopping for you guys right now.' ... he even paid for some of the French English dictionaries that we had in our hands," said McKay.

'Important to contribute'

Sharri Scott volunteered her time at the food and furniture bank Sunday.

"It's a good feeling to help other people who need help," said Scott.

Catherine Walker was one of the people who dropped off donations to Parker Street on Sunday.

"It's always important to contribute back to your community," said Walker.

With files from Paul Legere