The generosity of Mountain Area residents and businesses provided 90 backpacks filled with school supplies to children who needed them the most.
It was the sixth year that Yosemite High School graduate Ashley (Zendner) Gomez has organized the backpack drive.
All the backpacks contain school supplies including paper, pencils, erasers, highlighters, notebooks, crayons, scissors, rulers and glue sticks.
Gomez and her six-month old daughter Olivia, delivered the backpacks last week to Oakhurst, Wasuma, North Fork, Spring Valley, Rivergold and Raymond elementary schools and Yosemite High School.
"This backpack drive is something I would like to continue to do as long as I continue to have the support from the community," Gomez said. "The schools are still in need of the bags and supplies every year and hopefully it is something we can always help with. We received fewer donations in the bins this year, but thanks to increased financial donations we were able to purchase all the packpacks and supplies we needed to meet our goal."
Large donations came from the Soroptimist International of the Sierras ($500) and Clean Cut Tree Service ($300).
Gomez said when she called all the schools in the area, they all responded that many children had a need for backpacks for the new school year.
I want to thank the community for their continuous support the last six years and the businesses' for allowing the donation bins The Met Cinema, Pak-N-Page, Fit for Life, Produce Place, Cool Bean, Sierra Star and Oakhurst Gifts.