The Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation has raised $36,690 with which to Stock the Lockers.
The non-profit’s annual fundraising campaign raises money and school supplies for students in need, as well as money for graduation and field trip fees and food programs.
The foundation was looking to raise $60,000 this year after having raised $45,000 the year previous.
“It’s less than last year and short of our goal, most likely due to the wildfire relief funds, but we are committed to continuing fundraising throughout the year,” said Crystal Dennison, foundation executive director, in an e-mail.
Dennison said Coastal Community Credit Union raised more than $15,000 for the cause.
She noted that the foundation has another fundraiser later this fall, with the Homemade for the Holidays Craft Market to be held Dec. 9.