Bright Beginnings to the school year

Bright Beginnings teen volunteers from left are Ria Geier, Morgan Vermeer, Ella Posey, Evie Allen and Olivia Saunders.

On August 21 and 22, 104 children participated in the Northern Neck Family YMCA’s Bright Beginnings back-to-school shopping spree.

This community outreach program provides children in need with the new clothes and school supplies necessary to start the school year with confidence and excitement, reported operations director Liz Allen.

“Unfortunately, many children in our community don’t have adequate clothes or school supplies,” said Allen. “Through Bright Beginnings, our volunteers, community businesses and funds from the YMCA’s Annual Giving Campaign, we helped over 100 children look forward to their first day of school.”

Each child was paired with a volunteer “shopping buddy” to help…