YMCA’s Operation Backpack

Ashley HomeStore near Katy, located at 19660 Restaurant Row, is accepting donations of new school supplies until August 9th for the thousands of local children who will return to school without the basic tools they need to succeed. Donated items will be distributed to students in 36 Houston-area school districts as part of the YMCA’s citywide Operation Backpack, the largest school supply drive in Texas.

Requested supplies include backpacks, composition books, No. 2 pencils, white index cards, pencil bags, boxed crayons, colored pencils, spiral notebooks, graph paper, assorted colored construction paper, glue sticks, rulers with centimeters and inches, kid-friendly scissors and folders with pockets and brads.

Last year’s event collected more than a million backpacks and school supply items.