providing backpacks to children and youth in our community

Did you know that children and youth represent over one-third (34.7%) of low-income persons in Simcoe County?


There were 53,580 people living in low-income households in 2015, of whom 18,585 were children and youth.


We need your financial help purchasing backpacks and school supplies, or through donation of items. The support from our community is vital to making this a success.

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School Supplies
Donate Items

With keeping safety paramount, and having 500 backpacks to fill, we will be accepting monetary donations this year, rather than having drop-off locations for items. This also allows us to bulk-purchase quality items and keep the backpacks equitable. However, we are accepting purchases of 24 packs of pencil crayons because there is such an incredible deal...and you can get a charitable tax receipt! See form for details.

A gift to you and a gift to us from...


  • GHC coupon code: 30GLOW5

    • make an online purchase

    • Get 30% off an online order + 5% donation of Pre-Tax Total to Glowing Hearts Charity

  • GHC coupon code: 5050GLOW5

    • Make an online purchase of pick-up (at Campus Priority location 361 King Street)

    • Get 50% off of $50 or More + 5% Donation of Pre-Tax Total to Glowing Hearts CharityCoupon

****Redeem the Coupon Codes at Step 5 of Checkout, during Order Confirmation

Thank you for your generosity and support!


2021 Backpack Nominations are Now Open!

We are thrilled to announce that nominations are now open for the 2021 Backpacks for Youth Program!

Eligible students are:

  • In JK - grade 12+ in Simcoe County 

  • Attending full-time in-person instruction at a publicly funded school

  • Living in a low-income household

What you need to know

  • Nomination forms (see button on this page) are being accepted until August 13th.

  • Participants will be notified between August 16th to 20th if they will be a recipient.

  • Backpacks must be picked up between August 23rd to 26th at a location to be determined

  • Nominators will remain anonymous.

  • If nominated by someone outside of the family, nominees will be contacted to confirm if they would like to be a part of this program.

  • If recommending the program to someone who does not have access to the internet, please have them call: (249) 888-6695.

Students at School

Please complete one form per child/youth being nominated. 

Applications for more than one child/youth per family are welcome.

Families may nominate their own children.


Become a Champion


Meet your philanthropic and community outreach goals by helping us provide filled backpacks to youth attending JK to Grade 12+, whose families are facing financial hardship. Help us provide children and youth with some of the resources they need to learn and grow, so they can help build a better tomorrow.



In 2016, Frank Nelson’s dream of providing necessities free of charge to low income families came true and Glowing Hearts Charity was born. What started as a simple concept: “give what you can and take what you need” has evolved over the years — so even though the donation centre has since closed, a great future lies ahead for the charity.

Today, as a grassroots, volunteer-driven organization; the Board wants to ensure that Frank’s vision stays at the forefront by facilitating hope and help in our community. With a focus on reducing the many financial burdens that low-income families face, we are looking forward to continuing — and expanding — the Glowing Hearts Backpack Program by helping provide educational supplies for the children and youth in Simcoe County.


Please join Glowing Hearts Charity in being champions of learning for the children and youth of Simcoe County.

500 backpacks will be filled with essential school supplies and given to children and youth from low-income households.

Distribution of the backpacks are split into five academic divisions: Kindergarten (JK & SK), Primary (Grades 1-3), Junior (Grades 4-6), Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Secondary (Grades 9-12).

The average cost for a complete backpack ranges from $60.00 - $140.00 (dependant on academic division).


Choose a degree of sponsorship package:
• Financial sponsorship
• Adopt an academic level
• Adopt a grade(s)
• Adopt a student(s)
• Donate school supplies

To ensure your sponsorship meets your philanthropic and financial needs, a sponsorship opportunity can be personalized - let’s talk. We promise that your investment will be used to champion those who need it the most.


  • 108,305 children and youth aged 0 to 19 years lived in Simcoe County. • 16% of children in Simcoe County under the age of 5 were in low-income households.

  • The percent of children under the age of 5 living in low-income households rose sharply from 12.1% in 2005 to 16% in 2015.

  • 9,575 children and youth aged 6 to 17 years were in low-incomE households.

  • In the City of Barrie, 1,710 children under 5 years of age were living in a low-income household (2.2% higher than the county average).

  • In the City of Barrie, 3,335 children aged 6 to 17 years, were in low-income households (0.9% higher than county average).

  • Among the 78,945 children aged 0 to 14 years, 20.4% were living with a single parent, and 12% were part of a stepfamily.

  • Low-income household rate for children and youth was 13.7%, compared to 11.4% for the total population.

  • Lone-parent family or stepfamilies increased to 34.6% among children aged 5 to 9 years.

  • Lone-parent family or stepfamilies increased 39% among children 10 to 14 years.

  • While children made up a smaller proportion of the low-income population, the incidence of living in a low-income household remained higher for children than the all-ages population in 2015.

Source: 2018 Child, Youth and Family Profile– Simcoe County