Stockton students in need were the recipients of a donated socks and underwear thanks to a donation project between the YMCA of San Joaquin County and JC Penney.
Thanks to the 2017 JC Penney Back to School Product Donation drive, which supported the YMCA’s Academic Achievement Initiative, 55 backpacks and 4,320 essential necessities were donated. According to the YMCA, each package of children’s socks or underwear sold at JC Penney during the drive was matched with a complimentary pack by the department store.
JC Penney added the backpack and school supplies component.
“We see first-hand how the lack of basic essentials—from healthy meals and school supplies to socks and underwear—can affect children’s ability to focus and learn, which makes it that much harder for them to succeed and reach their full potential,” said Emily Ballus, CEO of the YMCA, in a statement. “We are grateful to our Stockton JC Penney for bringing awareness and support to this relatively little-known issue, and for partnering with the Y to provide basics to help build children’s self-esteem and confidence.”
Indeed, a study found that 55 percent of children who did not have the basic necessities, like socks and underwear, skipped or did not want to attend school out of embarrassment.