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Hockomock YMCA Holding 5th Annual Backpack Drive

Jul 30, 2020 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson
Operation Backpack is now underway and the Hockomock Area YMCA is seeking the support of local businesses and individuals. The Hockomock “Y” donated 2,000 backpacks last year and aims to put 2,500 fully stuffed backpacks into the hands of children for the coming school season. We are eager to help send children confidently back to school this fall.
A dedicated association of staff, volunteers, donors, partners and community members, the Y commits itself to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families, and communities. Convening donors and volunteers to improve the back-to-school season for local families reflects what the Hockomock Area YMCA stands for. 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.
New supplies and backpacks are requested now through August 14th. To aid families facing financial hardships, the goal is to provide 2,500 fully stocked backpacks to students residing in each of the 15 towns served by the Hockomock Y. Community members who would like to sponsor the Backpack Drive are asked to contact Katie Moore at 508-643-5265 or [email protected]. Sponsorship levels range from $1,000–which will provide 20 backpacks to students in need–through Presenting Sponsor, which is a giving level ensuring that 200 children will receive needed supplies. Be sure to inquire about all sponsorship levels by contacting the Y today.

In addition to backpacks and monetary donations, the Y is requesting the following supplies: pencils and colored pencils, highlighters, washable markers, rulers, crayons, glue sticks, spiral notebooks, scissors and hand sanitizer.
A donation of $50 will cover the cost of a fully stocked backpack. Please text "HOCKYMCA" to 56651 or visit to complete a secure monetary donation.
Anyone who wishes to provide school supplies in a contactless fashion imay do so via Amazon, where a wish list is in place to offer easy purchasing and direct delivery to the Y; please visit
Thank you for your support. Donation bins are located at all Hockomock Area YMCA facilities:
  • Bernon Family Branch, 45 Forge Hill Road, Franklin, 508-528-8708
  • Invensys Foxboro Branch, 67 Mechanic Street, Foxborough, 508-543-2523
  • Mansfield Arts & Education Center, 40 Balcom Street, Mansfield, 508-964-2088
  • North Attleboro Branch, 300 Elmwood Street, North Attleboro, 508-695-7001.
Please contact Brandi Jacobs at 774-235-2753 or [email protected] should you or someone you know need a backpack. Details are available at
About Hockomock Area YMCA:
Where Cause Meets Community.  At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.
Our YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities we are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in Franklin, North Attleboro, Foxboro, and Mansfield. For more information, visit




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