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Youth Villages supporters provide backpacks and supplies for more than 300 children in New England

September 12, 2014



Thanks to the generosity of donors and volunteers, Youth Villages 5th Annual Back to School Initiative was a success!

Youth Villages was able to distribute backpacks filled with new school supplies to more than 300 children to our neediest families across New England. We couldn’t have done this without this tremendous support!

Many families were impacted by this initiative and Deborah Gagne, a Youth Villages family intervention specialist, had the opportunity to see this first-hand. Please read about her experience below and also check out a gallery featuring thank-you notes from some of the children and photos from corporate partners and our Backpack Shindig fundraising event.

This was my first time witnessing a family that received backpacks from YV. Mom was not sure where she was going to get the money for school supplies this year, but she was totally thrilled when I arrived, not only with school supplies, but with a new outfit for her children. The elementary-aged girls were all smiles when they saw the backpacks, but when they opened them they actually squealed with delight. Each child pulled out the items one-by-one and examined it excitedly. When they pulled out their clothing they actually danced around. They tried their shoes on immediately and there were “Thank You”’s and smiles all around. Mom was so relieved and the girls were excited to start school. The family was so appreciative and thanks YV — and so do I for letting me experience that family’s happiness for such a generous gesture.

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