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Operation Backpack

Posted by Texas Education on July 16, 2008

Help make a difference in a child’s education. Take part in this year’s ‘Operation Backpack’ and give a child what he or she needs to get a good education.
The fourth annual YMCA Operation Backpack will collect brand new backpacks filled with school supplies for children in 31 Houston area school districts beginning July 12 through August 17. The 38 YMCA of Greater Houston facilities throughout the city and select sponsor locations (see below) will serve as collection sites for people to drop off backpacks and supplies.
Last year, YMCA Operation Backpack collected more than 11,800 backpacks and about 152,200 school supplies, thanks to generous Houston-area donors. All of the items helped prepare more than 25,000 children for their first day of school. This year’s goal is to touch the lives of more than 50,000 children.
But this project extends beyond the boundaries of YMCA buildings to help children. Each Houston-area YMCA is partnering with a local church that will also serve as a school supply collection site. More than 40 parishes in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will join the YMCA Operation Backpack team. Each church which will be given a collection bin and the items donated will be picked up by the YMCA. School supplies can also be dropped off at participating Toyota dealerships, Memorial City Mall, the Devon Energy Tower, RediClinic and select IBC Bank locations. The school supplies will then be distributed to children in need within the participating school districts. There are nearly 100 collection sites in all!
YMCA Operation Backpack is supported by ABC-13, 89.3 KSBJ Radio, Toyota, Devon Energy, IBC Bank, Memorial City Mall, and RediClinic.

  • The YMCA: Collecting now through August 17th
  • Devon Energy Tower at 1200 Smith, 25th floor: Collecting now through August 17th
  • IBC Bank: Collecting now through August 17th
  • RediClinic in HEB stores: Collecting August 1 – 17th
  • Memorial City Mall at 900 Gessner, Houston 77027 at Guest Services Center: Collecting now through August 17th
    For more information, log on to www.YMCAHouston.org or call 713-353-5209.
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