The Freedom Valley YMCA and Target Stores Partake In A Day of Giving
The Freedom Valley YMCA is pleased to partner with Target stores to help The Freedom Valley YMCA Bright Beginnings children begin the 2012-2013 school year with the confidence necessary for successful learning. Twenty-five children from each of the five Freedom Valley YMCA branches received a $100.00 Gift Certificate to shop for school items at either the Oaks or Royersford Target locations.
Children met at Target and were paired up with a shopping buddy. Together the pair shopped for two outfits, shoes,
socks, underwear and a warm sweater or jacket. They shared a meal and, if time allowed made a craft. Backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies
are also provided to the children. As the event concluded the child and volunteer received a commemorative photo of the special day before heading back to the bus
to say good bye.
The Y makes strengthening communities our cause. “Inspiration at the local level is the life blood of communities and today our partnership with Target did just that by the contribution of $10,000 dollars to support the Bright Beginnings program,” stated Jon Agnew, Chief Operation Officer, Freedom Valley YMCA. The Y strongly believes that children who have the necessities to succeed can focus on learning rather than worrying about having shoes to wear on the playground and supplies to complete their homework. By pairing a child with caring adult volunteers “shopping Buddies”, children also learn that their community cares about them and wants them to succeed. YMCA Bright Beginnings makes confident and prepared kids on the first day of school and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow. Says Jon “It was absolutely uplifting to see those radiant faces while they shopped .”
There was no cost for the 130 children who were selected to participate. The Freedom Valley YMCA has counted on the generosity of individuals, and organizations like Target and is determined to provide more children with this opportunity again next year. Your support is needed.
Contact Allison Stinger to learn more about the Bright Beginnings program, and how your donations may support the community and future generations. 484-674-6235.