The Tampa Y’s backpack/school supply drive will culminate in a backpack distribution event at the Y’s Camp Cristina. A $35 donation to the drive supplies a backpack filled with school supplies to about 1,400 kids – double the number of kids who received Y backpacks last year.
The event will be held Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA’s Camp Cristina, 9840 Balm-Riverview Road, Riverview.
In its 10thyear, the Y’s backpack event provides about 1,400 students in grades K-12 with backpacks filled with school supplies. The students represent more than 23 Hillsborough County schools, and include any kids of Y members who receive financial aid of more than 60 percent at the Brandon Family YMCA, Campo Family YMCA, FishHawk Ranch YMCA Express and Camp Cristina.
For the first time this year, the Y is teaming up with the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) and Metropolitan Ministries in an effort to provide support to more families.
Contact Christy Lowe, youth and family director at Campo Family YMCA, at 813-924-7500 or Christy.Lowe@tampaymca.org.