SWC YMCA helps keep the community warm
For the City Times
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – When it comes to the holidays, the South Wood County (SWC) YMCA provides fun winter events and programs for the community and its members, along with ensuring that those in need spend the winter warm and happy through the “Gift of Warmth” program.
For over a decade, SWC YMCA annually collects donations from the community including: pajamas, coats, mittens, hats, and scarves to gift to local families in need and to the Family Center.
“Social responsibility is a central value of the YMCA’s mission,” explains Raquel Nowak, SWC YMCA Community Development Director. “No matter the season, the SWC YMCA is relentless in its endeavor to serve our community and give back to support those who are in need. It is an honor 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. 22 – Dec. 13, gifts of handmade or purchased pajamas, coats, mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves were donated by area residents, YMCA members, and staff.
The donated items are 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 180 items collected this year.
“Every donation helps ease these tough times for families. Our families often find themselves in a place where they need basic necessities like hats, mittens, and pajamas but are unable to afford them. I’m so pleased to work with our local YMCA to come together to help spread warmth to our families this winter.” stated Debi Cleworth, Family Center Community Outreach/Fund Development Manager.