School Supplies Distribution and Activities for YMCA Kids is a Winner
We participate in many school supply distribution events but this one at the Broadway Park Armory is the granddaddy of them all. Last year we had our big distribution event here and because it was such a success we decided to come back.
This year we trucked in close to 25,000 Back 2 School kits filled with over three quarters of a million school supplies. These kits were sorted and then sent back out to over 60 YMCA sites from as far south as Joliet to as far north as Ingleside, Illinois.
In addition to providing so many low-income families with free school supplies we also used the day to host 500 children for an afternoon of fun and educational activities. The kids got to participate in aerobics, a nutrition class, arts and crafts, as well as learn about snakes (and hold them!) and see a real working bee colony (and taste the actual honey).
We are most grateful for the help of more than 150 volunteers and staff members. It is not an easy day for many of our volunteers as they are lifting and moving heavy boxes to make sure the Back 2 School kits get where they are going. Some of the people that helped us out worked for the entire day without much down time. It’s hard work but everyone that participated says it’s well worth all the sweat, sore muscles and tired bodies.
The Back 2 School program would not exist if not for the tremendous support from dozens of sponsors including: the Community Currency Exchange Association of Illinois, MB Financial Bank, Western Union Foundation, Kits for Kidz, Republic Bank, Electronic License Service, Green Dot, Community Financial Service Centers, Pawlan Blumenfeld Misciniski & Assoc., Chicago Park District and many others.