MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 20, 2014) -

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Today Welcome Hall Mission hosted day one of its two-day Back-to-School distribution. To help families on a low-income get their children ready for the school year, Welcome Hall Mission gave out backpacks bursting with school supplies to 1,200 children and expect to give out supplies to another 1,200 children tomorrow August 20th. The value of this give-away approximates $140,000!

Canadian Senator and former Montreal Canadiens Head Coach Jacques Demers was on hand as spokesperson. After taking a break from handing out backpacks, he commented on the importance of the back to school initiative: "I understand the plight of struggling families and I am proud to participate in this annual event. Families often just need a little help to get back on track during tough times."

WHAT: 2 fun-filled days of activities (sports, trampoline, inflatables, face painting etc.) and school supply distribution to over 2,400 children
WHEN: August 19th& 20th- 9a.m. - 4p.m. (Closed 12-1p.m.)
WHERE: 4755 D Acorn Street (corner De Courcelle), Montreal, QC H4C 3L6

Welcome Hall Mission would like to thank Aldo, Mega Bloks, Bentley, Simply Wonderful, Standard Life, Staedtler, Fan Club des Canadiens and LePage for their partnership, as well as the hundreds of volunteers and individual donors for taking an active role in equipping the next generation of leaders in our community.

Welcome Hall Mission helps Montreal's most disadvantaged through its multiple services which provide constant, effective assistance to tens of thousands of men, women, children and teenagers. Across all programs, the common denominator is its commitment to supporting and giving hope to the most disadvantaged through concrete actions and effective solutions to build a better life and reintegrate into society.

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Contact Information:

Kathryn Stephens
Senior Manager of Development and Public Relations
514-523-5288 ext. 303
Cell: 514-220-6071