It’s nearly time to go back to school! Isn’t it crazy how quickly time passes?

If you’re a parent, you might be excited for your student to head back to a structured routine, and if you’re a student, you might be dreading the switch from vacation to work-mode.

However you’re feeling about the changing seasons, and whatever stage you’re in, stopping by the New Hamburg Thrift Centre can make the transition a better one. All sorts of school supplies are available for purchase at low costs for students of any age. Whether you’re looking for clothing, backpacks, shoes, dorm room supplies, or anything else under the sun, New Hamburg Thrift Centre should be your first stop.

One of the coolest ways to end off your summer has to be making a school kit for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to send off to another student across the world, though. As you begin to shop for school supplies, it can be hard to remember that there are many people who don’t have the ability to shop so accessibly. School kits consist of:

  • Any combination of 4 spiral or perforated-pages notebooks (about 21.5 cm x 27 cm) totalling 500–600 pages, OR 7 spiral or perforated-pages notebooks (80 pages each; about 21.5 cm x 27 cm)
  • 8 new unsharpened pencils
  • 1 ruler (flat, good quality; must indicate 30 cm; inch markings optional)
  • 12 coloured pencils (in packaging)
  • 1 large eraser
  • 2 new black or blue ballpoint pens
  • 1 small all metal pencil sharpener, one or two holes.

Once finished, the school kits can be dropped off at New Hamburg Thrift Centre or one of the other drop-off locations listed on the MCC website. These kits are then sent to students in places where there has been a disaster, or to students forced to flee their homes. These kits can go anywhere in the world, including Jordan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Zambia, Ukraine, Somalia, Burkina Faso, Canada, the U.S.

If you would like to read more about the MCC school kits or would like more information about where to drop them off, check out this page on the MCC website.