For the City Times
With colder weather moving in and the holidays fast approaching, the South Wood County YMCA continued its tradition of collecting donations from the community of pajamas, mittens, hats and scarves to gift to local families in need and to the Family Center through its ‘Gift of Warmth’ program.
“Social responsibility is a central value of the YMCA’s mission,” said Raquel Nowak, Community Development Director, South Wood County YMCA. “The Y is connected to our community, and we mutually depend upon and support each other. We are thrilled to be able to partner with the Family Center this time of year and share the generosity of our community members by collecting and donating these ‘Gifts of Warmth’ to those who need it most.”
From Nov. 25 – Dec. 9, donations of handmade or purchased pajamas, mittens, gloves, hats and scarves by area residents and YMCA members were donated and items were used to decorate the holiday tree in the lobby of each branch before being distributed. An overwhelming outpouring of support from the community was shown with over 130 items collected this year.
“Our families often find themselves in a place where they need basic necessities like hats, mittens, and pajamas but are unable to afford them,” said Lauren Hashberger, Child and Youth Services Coordinator for the Family Center. “The fact that our community continually supports us through these generous donations shows our families that someone out there cares — these gifts will be welcomed”
Working together, the YMCA are moving individuals, families and the community forward. The initiative is just one of the ways the Y is responding to community needs and social issues.
The South Wood County YMCA works to make sure every child, family and community has what it needs to achieve their best. The YMCA and the Family Center are happy to be a part of the community and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas.
For more information visit the YMCA online at www.swcymca.org or call 715-887-3240.