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The Yadkin Family YMCA is gathering backpacks and school supplies.

Now through August 15, new members can join the Y for just a $1 joining fee when they donate a new backpack.

“Picking out a new backpack and school supplies helps students start the school year ready to succeed,” said Tres Fordham, executive director of the Yadkin Family YMCA. “Parents struggling to make ends meet may not be able to provide that experience. The YMCA is here for those families and kids to help make back to school special.”

The Y works with local schools to deliver all donated backpacks and school supplies to students in need. Stop by the Y to drop off a new, unused backpack. For potential members interested in joining the Y, the joining fee is $1 with a backpack donation through August 15.Current YMCA members can refer a friend a receive $25 off their next month’s dues. Donated backpacks must be new and never used.

The Y brings friends and neighbors together over shared interests in developing the potential of kids, improving individual health and well-being, and giving back and supporting our community. Membership at the Y provides access to comprehensive wellness and aquatics facilities, group exercise classes, savings on programs such as Boot Camps, Summer Camp, Youth and Adult Sports, Swim Lessons and much more. Visit ymcanwnc.org to find a branch near you. The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina offers financial assistance and never turns anyone away due to the inability to pay.

The YMCA is also taking children in need back to school shopping for new clothes and supplies with the YMCA Bright Beginnings program on August 17. The program will help children from Jonesville and West Yadkin Elementary schools, and Yadkin Success Academy. To learn more or donate, please contact Joyce Hamby at 336-679-7962 or j.hamby@ymcanwnc.org for more information.

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