Your Generosity Amazes Us

More than 71,000 Local Students Receive Free School Supplies

YMCA Operation BackpackAs the first week of school for most Houston-area families wraps up, we are reminded of the amazing generosity of the communities we serve as we tally final results of YMCA Operation Backpack, our annual school supply drive.

We set a lofty goal of giving more than 55,000 backpacks to children and families in need this year. Thanks to the generous contributions from partners, businesses and the community, we surpassed our goal to serve an estimated 71,277 students for the 2013 school year. The record-breaking campaign raised nearly $1.8 million in total supplies and cash donations!

YMCA Operation Backpack

Haley, pictured with YMCA Director of Spiritual Development Jamie Clark, donates 15 backpacks filled with school supplies and 2 lunchboxes.

Throughout the campaign, we heard numerous stories of how businesses challenged employees to donate and moms made it a family activity to shop for supplies and fill a couple backpacks to donate.

One our favorite stories during the campaign is of nine-year-old Haley Y’Barbo. In place of presents, Haley’s birthday party invitations asked her friends to bring school supplies for YMCA Operation Backpack. She said she wanted to “gift” other children. Thanks to Haley and her friends’ donations, 15 more local students were able to start school with the supplies they need to succeed.

Thank you to our partners and sponsors H-E-B, Home Depot, Kidde, KSBJ, Shoe Carnival, KTRK Channel 13 and VisionWorks, who not only helped spread the word, but also held many events to support Operation Backpack.

Our community has helped set a new standard in providing school supplies for Houston-area students. We cannot wait to see even more students served in years to come.

From the 71,277 students helped this year, thank you.

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