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YMCA kicks off campaign to reach out to children

As part of its commitment to children and families, the Alexandria Area YMCA is encouraging the community to give to its "Strong Kids" campaign that kicked off on February 1.

As part of its commitment to children and families, the Alexandria Area YMCA is encouraging the community to give to its "Strong Kids" campaign that kicked off on February 1.

The campaign is based on the thought that no one should be denied a YMCA experience based on the inability to pay.

Donations to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign allow the YMCA to provide membership and program assistance to kids and families who might not otherwise be able to afford YMCA services.

With a commitment to making programs and services available to everyone, the YMCA will provide more than $35,000 in scholarships and program subsidies.

Through Strong Kids, the YMCA wants to provide childcare, day camps, swim lessons, individuals and family memberships, and youth sports to children and families in need.

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"At a time when we're all feeling the pressures of the economy and life's daily demands, it's really important to focus on making sure we support our kids," said Drea Eidsvold, Strong Kids campaign chair. "When families do things together, it really brings them closer and strengthens their relationships with each other. The Strong Kids campaign allows families to have a Y experience."

Gifts to the campaign will allow the kids and families in the Alexandria community to share a YMCA experience by:

  • Teaching children to be safe in the water through swim lessons.
  • Allowing children the opportunity to enroll in a YMCA youth program, like flag football, soccer or T-ball.
  • Providing full-time childcare for families in need.
  • Providing family memberships for families in need.
  • Instilling a sense of community value.

Strengthening families has been an important part of the YMCA's mission and program focus for more than 160 years, and the Alexandria Area YMCA is continuing that tradition, with the help of the community, to provide a YMCA experience for everyone, according to Jeff Bartholomew, executive director.
To donate, contact Jackie Bucholz, (320) 834-9622, alexymca@rea-alp.com , or visit the website, www.alexandriaymca.com .

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