The El Paso Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) Child Development Center held its Annual Back to School Bash in great fashion. The Back to School Bash is a program that helps minimize the financial hardship for low-income military and civilian families. The event was a fun filled day for the entire family. Every year the EL Paso ASYMCA hosts a Back to School Bash and by far this year was the most successful affair because of how many children were impacted by the event. More than 300 backpacks filled with school supplies were given away which is an increase from the previous year.
Diana Bengson with the El Paso ASYMCA said, “The difference this year was marketing and community partnerships. Marketing allowed us to reach out to several organizations who donated and contributed to this event. Our major sponsor for the Back to School Bash was University Presbyterian Church who provided great support by donating $2,500. Also, we teamed up with the Fort Bliss Child and Youth Services who transported their children from all their schools on the installation to enjoy the day.”
Panda Express (Panda Cares) was on site to feed the children in attendance. They originally planned to feed 400 children, however those plans quickly changed due to how many children showed up for the event. Fortunately, through their swift action various El Paso Panda Express locations were called and within minutes an additional 120 meals were provided for the event.
Joe Pritchard, the Executive Director of the El Paso ASYMCA expressed, “Today was a blessing that comes from serving the needs of others and seeing the smiles on the children’s faces when they received the school supplies. Our staff is grateful to have the support from the community.”