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YMCA and Community Partners Reach Out to Make Holidays Brighter for Kids With Angel Giving Tree


YMCA and Community Partners

 Reach Out to Make Holidays Brighter for Kids

With Angel Giving Tree


Sharing the Joy of the Season . . . This is Why – This is the Y’s Cause: Strengthening Community.


Thanks to hundreds of generous angels in the community, the Annual Holiday Angel Giving Tree project at the South Montgomery County YMCA was successful in making the holidays brighter for kids, teens and families involved with the YMCA Caring Community Centers Outreach Programs.  The request for help was much greater than in previous years with a record number of names turned in. Each child was instructed  to specify 2 Needs and 2 Gift wishes. For most, all 4 wishes were granted.  Holiday gifts were distributed to more than 500 children. For many of these children, these were the only gifts they received during the holiday season.


Community angels included Talisman Energy, Aon, Excelerate Energy, Repsol, Aveda, Alcoa, Maersk, Connect 2 Health, Oxbow and Woodlands Online. These community partners provided gifts for the kids or hosted a toy drive.  Waste Connections donated more than 60 bikes and bike helmets. Faith Bible Church opened their doors and hosted the YMCA Angel Giving Tree Party where hundreds of families stopped by to pick up gifts for their children and enjoyed a free holiday meal, pony ride, crafts, face art, balloon art and visit with Santa. A special thank you to Ethan Collins, the mission Pastor at Faith Bible Church and the NCL Bluebonnets and NCL Texas Laurels for their many volunteer hours gift wrapping, sorting and passing out gifts. It takes a village to strengthen community.


In addition to the generous community partner angels, gifts were also donated by caring YMCA members, staff and community members ranging in selection from dolls, bikes, gift cards, skate boards, clothes, diapers, coats, pajamas, socks, shoes, DVDs and much more.


The YMCA is committed to being available to all in the community regardless of age, gender, religion, ethnicity or income level. Lives are impacted every day through YMCA community outreach, thanks to the generosity of members and donors to our annual YMCA Giving Campaign and projects such as the Angel Giving Tree.


For more information on how you can be a YMCA Partner, please contact Mark Cochran, YMCA Regional Development Director, 281-367-9622. The Partners Campaign goal for 2015 is $725,000. The Y activities and programs offered through the YMCA Caring Community Center Outreach which includes after school enrichment, summer day camp, teen camp and swim lessons, are available free to these families due to the generous donations to the Annual Campaign.