Kids in the community receiving their backpacks
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.
- July 16, 2014
-- The YMCA of Orange County has a long history of helping families in the communities needing support. They are excited to continue the tradition they started last year targeted at helping hundreds of elementary aged kids in our afterschool programs across Orange County start the school year off with a new backpack full of supplies so they have the essentials needed to learn. Donations will be collected on July 21st-August 18th
Last year’s drive was a success. “After the fundraiser, a single mother and her son came to us seeking help. She had heard about our Backpack Drive from a friend and wanted to know if we had any extra supplies left for her son... I was happy to help and was very glad she reached out to us to share her story. The joy on their faces when they received the school supplies and the fact that we made a small difference in their lives was a great feeling to have. It was a small demonstration of the impact the donations made for all the struggling families out there. Without the support of our staff and volunteers and the generous donations from our members and community partners, we wouldn’t have been able to make this happen”, said Jeff McBride, YMCAOC President & CEO.
The YMCA in Orange County has been listening and responding to the communities’
most critical social needs for more than a century. YMCA community service projects like the C.A.R.E.S. backpack drive unite us as a community to provide essential support for those in need, and provide volunteer and giving opportunities accessible to all.
To learn more about the drive, visit http://www.ymcaoc.org/cares/school-supplies-drive
To join the CARES team please contact Erik Rees, Chaplain & Director of CARES at 714-508-7656 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. Visit the C.A.R.E.S. page for more info: www.ymcaoc.org/