Giving Back to Our Community Starfish Pack Program

One of the key core values that we live by at West World Paper is giving back to our community. As we’re established in Port Coquitlam, our friends and neighbours in the Tri-Cities area are very important to us. We are delighted to be regular supporters of the Starfish Pack program that helps to feed local children.

Did you know that countless children go to school hungry every morning? Food insecurity is a harsh reality for many families in Canada. As a result, schools have been implementing breakfast programs for some time to counter this reality. But what happens for those kids on the weekends, when they’re not in school? Each Friday during the school year, the Starfish Packs program sends home a backpack with children who have been identified as living in a state of food insecurity. These kids are then assured two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, and healthy snacks for the weekend. Volunteers pack the bags each Thursday and the kids get them to take home on Fridays. Locally, the program is run through Port Coquitlam’s Rotary Club.

We can’t imagine what it must be like for these families seeing their children hungry. Parents often go without just to feed their kids. We feel grateful to be in a stable business environment and so we want to share our good fortune with others – that’s why we’re sponsors of the Starfish Pack program! Teachers report that the kids have improved reading and maths skills and ability to focus once they get on the program. 100% of our donation goes to buying food for needy kids.

The Starfish Parable – Author Unknown

On the morning after a violent storm, the residents of a seaside village awoke to find their beach covered with hundreds of dying starfish which had washed ashore. As the community gathered at the end of the beach, they spoke in hushed tones about the great sadness of the disaster. Suddenly, a young girl ran towards the beach and began to pick the starfish one at a time, then throwing them back into the water.

A village elder walked towards the young girl and kindly said, “Child, there are hundreds of starfish on this beach and this must be happening on other beaches up and down the coast. You must understand that you alone can’t possibly make a difference.”

The little girl looked up at the old man, smiled and bent down to pick another starfish. As she threw it back into the sea, she replied, “I made a huge difference to that one!”

We at West World Paper encourage you to give back to the local communities in which you live and work. Just as the little girl made a huge difference to the starfish that she helped, you, too, can make a significant difference in your community.