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Bright Beginnings

YMCA Bright Beginnings is a community outreach program that provides children in need with the new clothes and school supplies needed to start the school year with confidence and excitement. Now they can concentrate on learning and making friends and look forward to each school day.

How it works:

Before school starts in September, the Y takes eligible children, who have been identified through partnering organizations, shopping for school clothes. Children will meet at the local store where they are paired with a volunteer shopping buddy. Together, the child and shopping buddy shop for outfits, shoes, socks, underwear and a warm sweater or jacket. They also share a meal and, if time allows, read a story, play a game, or color together. Backpacks, filled with grade-appropriate school supplies, are provided for each child. Shopping buddies escort the children back and say goodbye.

How you can help:

  1. Help the Hampton Family YMCA fill backpacks with school supplies. Collection for the local students has begun and we will accept donations until August 20th. Supplies we are collecting are:
    • Box of #2 pencils
    • Box of colored pencils
    • Crayons
    • Large glue sticks
    • Composition book
    • Scissors
    • Erasers
    • Rulers
    • Folders with Pockets
    • Binders
    • Washable markers
    • WIDE line notebook paper
    • Tissues
    • Sanitizer (small bottle)
  2. Be a Volunteer, Backpack Buddy, or Donor for this awesome event August 23rd! Contact Lindsay Cutshaw for more information.
  3. Contact us to discuss how you can give back and be a part of the Y Cause.




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