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YRMC’s 2011 Drive for School Supplies Met its Goal of 3,400 Backpacks

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Contact:Rebecca Larson
YRMC Community Relations Specialist
(928) 336-3100

YRMC’s 2011 Drive for School Supplies Met its Goal of 3,400 Backpacks

(August 23, 2011 – Yuma, AZ)–Yuma Regional Medical Center thanks the community for making the 2011 “Drive for School Supplies” a success. This year’s drive provided 3,430 new backpacks and school supplies to underprivileged children in Yuma County.

During the month of July, a volunteer committee from YRMC collected backpacks, school supplies and monetary donations throughout Yuma County. Over 30 area businesses and organizations participated in the Drive by displaying collection boxes, and hosting internal and external competitions and events to benefit the Drive for School Supplies. “This is truly a community wide project. Without the support of our community, this project wouldn’t be possible,” said Julie Moreno, YRMC Drive for School Supplies Committee Chair.

The first week of August was used as a “packing week.” Once all of the backpacks and supplies are collected, they have to be sorted and packed according to each school’s request. “Not only did the community step-up to purchase all of the supplies needed, but individuals and groups came together to volunteer their time to make sure they all of the backpacks were packed correctly and distributed to the students before the school year started,” said Moreno. She also noted that over 160 community volunteers worked over 560 hours to pack the 3,430 backpacks.

The backpacks were given to 57 schools and seven organizations in Yuma County. Each school or organization is responsible for distributing backpacks to their students.

Tax deductible monetary donations are accepted through the Foundation of YRMC throughout the year in support of this event. All donations remain in Yuma County and 100 percent of monetary donations are used to purchase school supplies.

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