Donate a backpack for a child in need and join the YMCA for $0

July 15 through August 15, new members can join the Y for a $0 joining fee when they donate a new backpack. Branches of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina are collecting backpacks and school supplies to help students start the school year ready to learn. All supplies will be distributed through local nonprofit partners and schools. The Stokes Family YMCA will work with King Outreach Ministry to give the backpacks to children in need.

“You can help a child have a better chance for success when you donate a new backpack,” said Derek Edwards, Executive Director of the Stokes Family YMCA. “Not every child has what he or she needs on the first day of school, but when a student is ready with the appropriate school supplies, they are able to focus on learning.”

The Y’s Backpack Campaign has grown over the years, collecting more than 2,000 new backpacks in the seven counties with YMCA of Northwest North Carolina branches last year.

Stop by your local Y to drop off a new, unused backpack. For potential members interested in joining the Y, the joining fee is $0 with a backpack donation through August 15. 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 or call 336 777 8055 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.