THE Y BRINGS THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER FOR 3rd ANNUAL BACKPACK DRIVE
YMCA Backpack Drive collects & provides over 750 backpacks full of supplies to families in need
August 28th, 2015, Orange County, CA. The YMCA has a long history of helping families and strengthening communities.
The Annual Backpack drive is aimed at helping hundreds of elementary kids across Orange County and San Gabriel Valley start the school year off with a new backpack full of supplies so they have the essentials needed to learn. Donations were collected at local YMCAs, businesses, and nonprofits July 20th – August 17th.
This year, with the help of community partners, the Y surpassed the goal of 600 and collected over 800 backpacks which are currently being distributed to families in need throughout Orange County and San Gabriel Valley. The following community organizations and companies provided tremendous support by collecting backpacks and holding stuffing events where they engaged their employees in this volunteer effort: AES, The Capital Group, MBK Real Estate, Anaheim Ducks Foundation, Bolton Insurance, and South Shores Church in Laguna Niguel. The following YMCA Corporate Partners hosted drives as well, including Snyder-Langston, OC Water District, Lionakis, Quantum, Schneider Electric & US Real Estate Services.
Each year the drive grows by at least 50%, thanks to the outpouring of support from the community. “It’s amazing to see the support for this initiative grow, and especially the joy on the children’s faces when they receive the school supplies. The fact that we made a small difference in their lives was a great feeling to have. 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 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 YMCA service and volunteer opportunities, visit http://ymcaoc.org