Children Give Back to YMCA So Others Learn to Swim

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“‘A donation from children, it doesn’t get more touching than that,’ says Tom Gacse, President/CEO of the YMCA of Youngstown.

So it was Friday when Kim Fowler, Program Director of Heart Reach Neighborhood Ministries brought the group of children from Rockford Village (formerly Kimmelbrook) that she brings to the Central YMCA for afterschool activities, including swimming. The children in this group had conducted a lemonade sale with the understanding that they would donate half of the proceeds to a charitable organization. When the vote came in, it was the Central YMCA of Youngstown that would receive their gift.

‘The lemonade sale was a learning experience,’ relates Tricia, a volunteer foster grandparent who gives her time to work with the children through Heart Reach Ministries. ‘The kids had fun but also learned how to ask politely, how to count money, and, most significantly, the importance of giving back.'”

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