ROCKY MOUNT - The Franklin County Family YMCA ran both a toy and food drive this holiday season. Both drives were done to benefit Franklin County’s children and began in late November.
The Y had an “angel tree” in the lobby with ornaments that featured children of different ages and genders. YMCA members would take an ornament and bring back a gift appropriate for the age and gender. Everything from bicycles to clothes to remote control cars were brought back as part of the drive. The gifts will brighten Christmas for 75 children in Franklin County as a part of We Care Franklin County’s annual toy drive.
The Y also ran a food drive among its childcare programs, membership, fitness and swim team. The food brought in was for the school systems “back pack food program” which feeds children in the area on weekends and holidays. The single largest donation came in from the YMCA after school program at Dudley Elementary. Students in the after school program brought in over 1,000 individual items. Another large donation came from Maddox and Noah Conley who are participants on the Y’s swim team. Through the program the Y packed 200 bags with 7 days’ worth of food to go home with area children.
“It was amazing when we got all the food together and started packing it into bags for the kids. It was really heartwarming to be able to see how much Y staff, members and participants cared about their neighbors,” says Jamie Stump Child Care Coordinator with the YMCA.
The Y’s nonprofit mission of building a stronger more connected community is most often fulfilled through its child care programs, outreach programs to military and law enforcement and senior wellness programs. However, the Y runs several food drives, clothing drives and blood drives with area agencies throughout the year.
“The Y really is like a center of the community. That is why we work so hard to stay engaged and help hard working families in Franklin County,” says Stump.