More than 36 YMCAs Join Local Schools and Churches to Help Children Make the Grade
The 9th annual YMCA Operation Backpack, Houston’s largest school supply drive, is gearing up to help more than 45,000 Greater Houston area children start the school year off right. The YMCA of Greater Houston is mobilizing 36 YMCAs, local churches and other community partners to help collect thousands of backpacks and school supplies for children who might otherwise head back to school unprepared. Since its inception, Operation Backpack has served more than 175,000 children.
This year, beginning July 18th through August 11th, YMCA Operation Backpack will collect brand new backpacks filled with school supplies and distribute them to children in 31 Houston area school districts including Conroe ISD. The 36 YMCA of Greater Houston facilities throughout the city, including the South Montgomery County YMCAs will serve as collection sites for people to drop off backpacks and supplies.
“With the current state of the economy, many parents just don’t have the money to buy the supplies their kids need to start the new school year off right”, said Roxanne Davis, YMCA Community Liaison. “Many willing hearts are needed to assist with this project. Your investment provides these children the opportunity to start school with the resources they need to be successful. The young people you help by donating will develop stronger self-esteem and hope for a brighter future”.
To help follow these simple steps:
- Purchase a new backpack and/or school supplies
- Write a note of encouragement to the child and place it in the backpack or supplies
- Drop off the donation to one of the Y centers in The Woodlands
- Enjoy the feeling of making a difference in the life of a child
Drop-off locations include all YMCA centers in The Woodlands. Collection boxes can also be found at our community partners: Skeeters Mesquite Grill, Coldwell Banker on Research Forest Drive, The Home Finder Center The Woodlands, Excelerate Energy Corp., H-E-B stores, Chick-fil-A Alden Bridge, Luke’s Locker in Market Street, First Victoria Bank locations, First Choice Emergency Room, Which Wich on Kuykendahl and Faith Bible Church. For a complete list of drop off locations visit ymcaoperationbackpack.org. If your business or organization would like to be a collection site or make a donation, please contact Roxanne Davis, Community Liaison for the YMCA, 281-681-6723.
The community can make monetary donations to Operation Backpack on-line. Visit www.ymcaoperationbackpack.org to contribute, as well as find additional information, including a suggested list of school supplies and addresses of all collection sites. All collected backpacks and donated school supplies from the MontgomeryCounty areas will be distributed to children in need attending our local schools. For more information please call 281-367-9622. The locals YMCAs are located at 6145 Shadowbend Place, 8100 Ashlane Way and 6464 Creekside Forest in The Woodlands.