(CMR) Bodden Town West MLA, Chris Saunders, is making his annual back to school supply drive donations this week.
For the second year in a row, Saunders is prepared to make a sizable donation of quality school supplies to Bodden Town West students in need. We understand that he's planning on assembling at least 68 kits for primary and high school students. Kits will also be hand-delivered to the homes of the intended recipients – so those persons can enjoy a visit with Saunders. He was keen on keeping the identity of the recipients private since most persons receiving them don't necessarily wish for others to know that.
In addition, Saunders will be providing monetary stipends to several university students as well. He explains that you cannot be a caring MLA without sometimes digging deep into your pockets:
“The reality is there are children in need and so you cannot be an MLA that cares without cash. A backpack with some school essentials might seem like a small gesture to some but to these kids it means everything! They are able to start the school year off on a positive foot.”
Saunders also explained that it's also important for him to support the children in his community because he was also the recipient of support from others during his university journey.
“It wasn't easy making it through university and every little bit helps to make the process easier on our students. So I'm committed to helping them in any way that I can – no matter how big or small. I have seen how grateful they are and what a difference it makes. I wish I could help more persons to be honest.”
Despite his budgetary constraints, he also noted that to him it was important to buy quality supplies that could last a long time and not make the young people feel any different than anyone else at school.
“I tried to buy in bulk to realize some savings but I refuse to buy cheap supplies – they don't last as long and the kids are able to keep their self esteem high at the same time. Even kids in need deserve the best”.