Stephen Mcphee is well-known around Airdrie for his endless generosity and willingness to step in and help whoever he can.

Alongside backpacks and cutting boards, both in support of those in need within the community, Stephens Backpacks Society has a project called Four Seasons of Hope.

The goal is, four times a year, Stephen’s Backpacks Society partners with local housing shelters to help families transition from life in the shelter to living in a home again. Families starting out again are given basic home furnishings, shelves full of food, bedroom and kitchen accessories, essential household furniture, and other personalized things to get families back on their feet. The thing is, the families aren't expecting any of it.

The next home is scheduled to be filled on May 28th for a mother and her three boys. Personal information of the family is always kept to a minimum, aside from their likes and dislikes, and Stephens Backpacks Society never meets the family whose home they fill. 

Nancy Mcphee, Stephens Mother and Director of Stephens Backpack Society, says they don't do it for the recognition so meeting the family isn't necessary. Some families have requested to meet, but Nancy says she chooses to maintain that barrier between them and the family.

Help from the community is essential to the success of the Four Seasons of Hope Project, and Nancy says they are looking for monetary donations from the community to go towards new and interesting things to put into the home. Everything is new, according to Nancy, and many corporate partners ensure high-quality items are put in the home. 

To donate to the Four Seasons of Hope Project, CLICK HERE