As summer officially comes to a close and families are gearing up for the start of a new school year, the YMCA is proud to announce that we have exceeded our 2012 YMCA Operation Backpack goal. Thanks to generous Houstonians and this year’s sponsors, including KTRK Channel 13, H-E-B, Shoe Carnival, Gulf States Toyota, Home Depot/Kidde, Luby’s and Fuddruckers, we were able to supply more than 50,000 students with backpacks and school supplies.
This week volunteers and staff from the YMCA gathered to stuff 7,500 backpacks with tons of school supplies, thanks to tear-pad donations from H-E-B. More than $65,000 was donated at registers across the city and we can’t help but feel extremely appreciative to those who donated and helped stuff the thousands of backpacks.
The three-week school supply drive takes an army to coordinate and we could not have done it without generous support from our sponsors, community volunteers, local businesses and YMCA staff. Thanks to YMCA Operation Backpack these students now have the opportunity to start school with the resources needed to be successful. We are already looking forward to next summer and impacting even more students!