YMCA begins annual backpack campaign

The Yadkin Family YMCA is collecting backpacks and school supplies to help students start the school year ready to learn. Now through Saturday, new members can join the Y for no joining fee when they donate a new backpack. All backpacks will be distributed through the Yadkin Family YMCA Bright Beginnings Program.

“You can help a child have a better chance for success when you donate a new backpack,” said Jay Sutton, executive director for the Yadkin Family YMCA. “Not every child has what he or she needs on the first day of school, but when a student is ready with the appropriate school supplies, they are able to focus on learning.” Last year, the backpack campaign collected more than 1,500 new backpacks in the seven counties with YMCA of Northwest North Carolina branches.

The YMCA Bright Beginnings program helps kids feel confident by making their first day of school special. Volunteers take children in need back to school shopping to purchase a new outfit and new shoes. Students also receive a new backpack and school supplies. The program is available at the Yadkin Family YMCA, as well as other local Ys. Volunteers are needed for the program, which will take place on Saturday and encouraged to call 336-679-7962 for more information.

The Y brings friends and neighbors together over shared interests in developing the potential of kids, improving individual health and well-being, and giving back and supporting our community. Membership at the Y provides access to comprehensive wellness and aquatics facilities, group exercise classes, savings on programs such as Boot Camps, Summer Camp, Youth and Adult Sports, Swim Lessons and much more. Visit yadkinymca.org or call 336-679-7962 for more information. The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina offers financial assistance and never turns anyone away due to the inability to pay.

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