foxboro ymca

The Foxboro branch of the Hockomock YMCA.

The Hockomock Area YMCA needs help filling backpacks to ensure every child has a successful start back to school in the fall.

The goal of Operation Backpack, which the Hockomock Area Y is participating in for the fourth year, is 1,000 backpacks to go to children in need.

“The Backpack Drive is a collaborative effort made possible by the YMCA staff, program participants, partners and neighbors to provide kids the confidence that comes when boys and girls are able to go to school prepared,” Mary Clermont, chairwoman of the Y’s board of directors, said in a statement.

The effort spans June through July 31.

The goal this year is to provide 1,000 fully-stocked backpacks to families within each of the 15 towns served by the Hockomock Area YMCA.

Community members who would like to sponsor the backpack drive should contact Katie Moore, director of philanthropy for the Hockomock Area YMCA, at 508-643-5265 or katiem@hockymca.org.

Sponsorship levels range from $1,000 — which will provide 20 fully-stocked backpacks to students in need — through Presenting Sponsor, which is a $25,000 sponsorship level significant in that it allows Operation Backpack to provide 200 fully-stocked backpacks to students in need. There are three intermediate sponsorship levels, as well, and each offers recognition in promotional materials.

Y members and community participants will have the chance to celebrate Christmas in July, which will run in area Y lobbies July 1 to July 31. Trees will be decorated with ornaments specifying supplies that are needed and how to make donations right at the Y.

“At the Y, we believe everyone deserves opportunities, and I cannot think of a greater initiative at this time of year. The return on your investment is unquestionably great,” Clermont said.

In addition to backpacks and monetary donations, supplies that can be donated include: colored pencils, crayons, folders, glue sticks, highlighters, loose leaf paper, pencils, pens, rulers, scissors, spiral notebooks, and washable markers.

There is an Amazon wish list in place as an option (http://bit.ly/ hockymca_school).

For more information residents can contact the Invensys Foxboro Branch, 67 Mechanic St., Foxboro, at 508-543-2523, or email Brandi Jacobs at brandij@hockymca.org.

Do you need a backpack, or does somebody you know need one? Please contact Jacobs at 774-235-2753 or brandij@hockymca.org to request one using the form available at hockymca.org/backpack-drive.

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