Dennis Shea shopping with a child for the Bright Beginnings program.

Bright Beginnings 2018

Having the right stuff to start school means more success with learning. Bright Beginnings provides children in need with new clothes and school supplies to start the school year with confidence and excitement.

The Y organizes planned shopping days and volunteers to shop one-on-one with a child. After a fun bus ride – in typical Y-fashion, singing and cheering are a must – the kids meet their volunteer shopper, eat a healthy breakfast, and then head out to find shirts, pants, shoes, socks, underwear and coat. And at the end of the day, the kids receive a backpack filled with school supplies. Volunteers for this program often come back year after year because they see first-hand the difference they are making.

Bright Beginnings School Supplies

Make a difference for a child this school year. You can purchase all of the items listed below or just a few and drop them in this box. The YMCA will pick up the donation August 17th times to be determined.

  • Box of colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Rulers
  • Erasers
  • Composition book
  • Notebook paper – wide ruled
  • Crayons
  • Folders with pockets
  • Box of tissues
  • Box of plastic baggies w/ Zipper closure

If you cannot purchase supplies a donation still helps the children. Learn more about Bright Beginnings

If interested in shopping with a child on August 24th at the Hampton Target, contact Mary Katherine Dlugos or call the YMCA at (757)722-9044





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