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Supporters provide backpacks and supplies for more than 300 children in New England through Youth Villages’ Sixth Annual Back-to-School Initiative

September 24, 2015

View more thank-you notes from youth and volunteers, along with photos from our Back to Shindig July 28 in Boston.

Thanks to the generosity of donors and volunteers, Youth Villages’ Sixth 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 in our neediest families across New England. We couldn’t have done it without this tremendous support!

Youth Villages’ Jen McMurray, a Master’s level clinician, had the opportunity to see this first-hand. Read about her experience below:

I wanted to take the time to thank you for going above and beyond for Kristy and her going back to school gifts.

Kristy had been through a lot this year. She had previously been removed from her home due to excessive weight gain and parental neglect on this part. She continues to struggle with her weight. Kristy returned home from being in foster care and the custody of the Department of Children and Families. Her mother become very ill and passed away on June 3. Kristy struggled with this loss and struggled to get back into school mode.

This past week I was able to drop off the large bag of brand new clothes and a backpack full of all the school supplies she needed, in her favorite colors (red and black). I was able to see the smile on her face when I went through the items with her.

Kristy was overjoyed with every single item in her bag and was pleased to have new, different types of clothing available to her. Kristy is now enrolled in school in Lowell and is excited to be able to wear her new clothes and have a stylish new backpack to start the school year.

Thank you to everyone that went out of their ways to make sure that Kristy has a positive start to the school year.

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