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Cheer Crate Campaign

Together, we’ve delivered over 5,150 Cheer Crates to Saskatoon families since May 2020!
The next Cheer Crates are being planned for February 15th, 2023, just prior to February break.


SPSF packages and delivers Cheer Crates to families who require support during school breaks. Each $100 donation will bring a family joy and make them feel like the community cares. Your help is needed for the Cheer Crate campaign to continue to bring more smiles and cheer to those who need it most.

How to help:

  • Make a cash donation (charitable receipts provided for donations over $20)
    • $100 supports one family
    • $1,000 supports ten families
    • $3,500 supports families at one community school
  • Be creative
    • What are you or your business able to contribute?
    • Hold a drive in your business or community or with family and collect most wanted items
  • Most Wanted Items:
    • Socks
    • Cleaning Supplies (laundry detergent, dish soap)
    • Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
    • Hygiene Items (shampoo, soap, deodorant)
    • New packages of Crayons, Markers, Pencil Crayons

Background

When schools closed unexpectedly in March 2020, many of our students were left without the valuable supports that they receive during the school day.  Some students receive their only food at school through the nutrition programs. On average, 4000 breakfasts, snacks, and lunches are served daily in 19 Saskatoon Public Schools to kids that really need it and who may not have food otherwise. There are students that find school their safe place – a place where they can be a kid and receive the support of their teachers and classmates.  Without schools being open, some students were alone and there were parents unsure and unable to feed and entertain their children.

As a result, the Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation launched the Cheer Crate Campaign in late April 2020 to help address the challenges facing many families in the school division during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We wanted to do something that was uplifting and positive for our families.  Through the work of community school coordinators and staff in Saskatoon Public Schools, families were identified as in need of the extra support. As a result, we have delivered Cheer Crates to over 4,400 families in over 48 schools across Saskatoon since May 2020.

Cheer Crates are valued at over $100 each and consist of food including dairy products, eggs, bread, fruits and vegetables, cereal and canned goods as well as books, hygiene items and fun activities for the family.

Some of the comments we heard were:

“Receiving the delivery took away some stress during these hard times. I can’t thank you enough”

Cheer Crate Recipient

“It’s really nice, especially during these times, to know that there’s a community support network. As a single parent, it’s pretty easy to feel isolated and alone in times like this.”

Cheer Crate Recipient

“The Cheer Crate is a welcome help. I was happy.  There was stuff my kids can play with, and lots of healthy food. I loved the surprise.”

Cheer Crate Recipient

“Thank you so much! The smiles on the faces of the kids when they see all the fun things in the cheer crate brings joy to us all, and the relief on the faces of the parents to have a bit of a helping hand to put food on the table is priceless. Thank you to all who donated food, activities, and time. This means the world to SPS and our families!

Teacher, Wildwood School