HOUSTON (July 22, 2014)

Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital is partnering with the Vic Coppinger Family YMCA in Pearland to support Operation Backpack, an initiative to provide school supplies for children in need so they start school with the necessary tools to be successful.

School readiness reflects a child’s ability to succeed both academically and socially in a school environment. Being prepared with a new backpack and school supplies boosts a child’s self-esteem and helps him or her feel like a regular kid.

Last year, Operation Backpack generated more than 1,100 backpacks and 21,000 school supplies for the Pearland Independent School District. The supplies were used throughout the year by children in kindergarten through 12th grade.

You can be a part of making a difference in the life of a child by purchasing a new backpack and school supplies, and delivering it to a Memorial Hermann drop-off site.

As the official healthcare provider for the Pearland Independent School District, both Memorial Hermann Southeast, located at 11800 Astoria Blvd., and the Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Pearland at 16100 South Freeway serve as Operation Backpack drop-off sites. Donations are being collected now through August 11.

In addition, each facility will hold a special ‘Stuff the Bus’ Day so community members can show their support and help fill a YMCA bus with school supplies. The bus will be at Memorial Hermann Southeast on Thursday, July 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and the Convenient Care Center in Pearland on Wednesday, July 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.