The Creche recently delivered 95 backpacks filled with school supplies to children in the YMCA summer camp and "Discovery" programs.
The campers, ranging in age from 5 to 12 years old, were invited to select a favorite backpack from dozens of packs of various colors and designs. Each child chose their backpack and thanked the members of Creche with smiles and words.
Creche is attempting to distribute 400 new, fully supplied backpacks to children in need in the community through organizations like the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club, the Salvation Army and middle schools in the area. School administrators and nurses will determine which students may need and appreciate a new school backpack.
Besides the children from the Discovery and Chautauqua camp programs, pictured in the back row, from left to right, are: Max Martin, Eastside YMCA branch manager; Ashley Holmes, YMCA Chautauqua camp director; Beth Strong, YMCA Discovery camp director; Graham Soffel, Ben Soffel and Brennan Webb, Creche volunteers; and Kari Soffel and Lisa Miller, Creche Special Projects Committee members.
In addition to the generosity of its own members, Creche has received donations from various foundations in the greater Jamestown area, as well as from members of the community, to accomplish their goal. The organization still welcomes donations from the public. Large donation boxes are located throughout the city at Everydays True Value, First Presbyterian Church and Kmart.