It's Back To School Time!

Romero House

These 10th graders are working hard to make the start of school in a new country extra special for refugee kids

“I love helping kids that come from different countries and making them feel like I felt when I first came here.”

That’s what Juanes said when we asked him why he was collecting backpacks for children new to Canada. He remembers getting a backpack before starting at his new school three years ago after he arrived in Canada from Bogota, Colombia.

“My family and I were very happy and grateful, and now I have the opportunity to give the kids at Romero House a backpack with school supplies”, said Juanes.

And he’s not doing it alone. Dishaly was a resident at Romero House with Juanes when she arrived in Canada three years ago from Sir Lanka. As a budding activist who has already been involved in a number of climate change actions by students here in Canada, this backpack drive is yet another example of her ambition to defend human rights.

Together, Juanes and Dishaly have been running a summer kids club at the refugee centre, so they have come to know and love the current kids of Romero House and want to make sure they have all they need to go back to school.

Let’s give it up for these awesome kids and help them out with their back-to-school drive. In pure Troop fashion, getting involved with this need, couldn’t be easier.

Fulfill the need

In pure Troop fashion, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to help out Romero House. Here’s how you can help:
  • Pool funds: You can pool your funds together with other Troopers to maximize your impact.  We’ll fulfill the needs and report back on your contribution’s impact.
  • Fulfill through Amazon: You can fulfill the needs through Amazon.  All products are shipped to Troop, we put them together and deliver them to the organization. 
  • Donated goods: If you’d like to donate any of your slightly used goods that are in great condition, you can register for us to pick them up below.

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Target: $300

Contributions to date: $165

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Pool funds

We’re pooling funds for backpacks and back-to-school supplies. We’ll do the Walmart run and drop everything off to Juanes and Dishaly on August 29th. There is no fee for this, Troop pays the processing fee, we cover the gas and brave the Walmart line-up.

Thank you Troopers! These needs have been fulfilled.

You can check out our Impact Update here:

Fulfill through Amazon​

With the help of Juanes and Dishaly, we created an Amazon wish list so you can cherry-pick your favourite items. All items will be delivered to Troop to be packaged up and dropped off at Romero House.

Thank you Troopers! These needs have been fulfilled.

You can check out our Impact Update here:

Donated goods

If you want to pick up an extra backpack when you’re out this week, do it! Stuff it with any extra new school supplies you might have lying around the house. We’ll pick up the donations for free. Just register a pick up below. (NOTE: The pickup date will be Thursday, August 29th between 8-11am. New items only, please… no kid wants dried-up markers!)

Thank you Troopers! These needs have been fulfilled.

You can check out our Impact Update here:

More Details: Romero House

Romero House welcomes refugee claimants: people who claim refugee status after arriving in Canada. They welcome refugees regardless of religion, ethnicity, political beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity. Over the past 25 years, they have built a community that celebrates difference and offers the support that refugees need.

They welcome refugees to stay in one of their 10 apartments without internal locks, to live as neighbours rather than simply clients. They set out to help the refugees establish themselves in Canada and create community together.
1558 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1A4

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