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13th Annual YMCA Operation Backpack Runs July 11-August 11
altThe 13th annual YMCA Operation Backpack, the area's largest school supply drive, is gearing up to help more than 120,000 Greater Houston-area children start the school year off right. The YMCA of Greater Houston is mobilizing more than 30 YMCA centers, local churches and other community partners to help collect tens of thousands backpacks and school supplies for children who might otherwise head back to school unprepared.
 
This year, beginning July 11 through August 11, YMCA Operation Backpack will collect brand new backpacks filled with school supplies and distribute them to children in 36 Houston-area school districts including Conroe, Magnolia, Tomball and Willis ISDs. The YMCA centers throughout the city, including the Montgomery County YMCAs, will serve as collection sites for people to drop off backpacks and supplies.
 
"Many families 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. "To help meet the critical needs, 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, please 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 Montgomery County or community partners.

Drop-off locations include all YMCA centers in The Woodlands, Conroe and Magnolia and community partners. For a complete list of drop off locations visit www.ymcaoperationbackpack.org.

Monetary donations to YMCA Operation Backpack can be made on-line. Please 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 Montgomery County area will be distributed to children in need attending local schools. If you are a family needing school supplies, contact your local YMCA. If your business or organization would like to be a collection site or make a donation, please contact Davis at 281-681-6730 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Partners of YMCA Operation Backpack are: ABC13/KTRK-TV, 89.3 KSBJ Radio and H-E-B. Sponsors include: The Home Depot, Kidde, CITGO, The UPS Store Houston locations, Shoe Carnival and Greater Houston Honda Dealers.
 
For more information, please call 281-367-9622 in The Woodlands; 936-441-9622 in Conroe; or 281-356-4077 in Magnolia.  
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