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Monday, December 5, 2011

For the kids -- that's Y Sharing Christmas Spirit: Unwrapping the good being done this season in our city

Ken Gigliotti / Winnipeg Free Press Dave Vankoughnett
wants to give kids new experiences.
Winnipeg YMCA-YWCA general manager, fund development
CHARITY: Strong Kids
How I'm sharing the
Christmas Spirit:
"We have a holiday campaign, and each of our branches will be putting up banners about giving throughout the season, where you can have four choices on how to help children. What it means is that throughout the campaign, you can subsidize memberships for kids who don't have an opportunity to go to the Y. We'll make sure that they get there. For as low as $20, kids that can't afford it can to come to the Y to learn new skills or build relationships or give them a sense of a place to go. The nice thing about the memberships for kids is that you get swimming lessons included. There's also sending a kid to camp, like Camp Stephens and our new day camp, Camp Y. There's also the international program that we have."
How you can help spread the Christmas Spirit:
The easiest way to make a donation is through the Y's website ( or by mail. Cheques can be made payable to: YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg
3550 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3K 0Z8. Donations can also be made at any branch. You can also make a donation in the memory of someone.
My Christmas wish:
"One of the reasons I come to the Y is because I believe in making the community a better place, and I think that's what we do. My wish is for everybody to have an opportunity to experience something that maybe they never have or to be in a position in their life where we're able to help them."
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 5, 2011 A6

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