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Christmas Comes Early for Y Child Care Kids

The Family Y’s Child Care Center is bustling once again, after reopening on Dec. 10 following six weeks of rebuilding due to flood damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

During the last week of classes before the holiday break, our Y Child Care kids got a wonderful package: A sheaf of hand-drawn cards and a generous check from YMCAs that are part of the Illinois Alliance of YMCAs.

When this group of Ys heard the news of our storm damage, they sprang into action to support our Family Y in its time of need. Contributions to help us rebuild our Child Care Center were gathered from Ys throughout Illinois: Illinois Valley YMCA, Alred Campanelli YMCA, The Decatur Family YMCA, Mattoon Area Family YMCA, Canton Family YMCA, Danville Family YMCA, The West Cook YMCA, Clinton Community YMCA, PAV YMCA and the Kishwaukee Family YMCA, as well as Ruth and Thomas Knous and Richard Clegg, Y Resource Director.

In all, our Y friends from Illinois collected $2,300, which is being used to pay for the entirely new collection of furniture and other material in our Child Care Center.

We thank these Ys and friends, and the many other families and individuals who have contributed to our annual fundraising campaign, which is being used not only to rebuild, but also to allow our Family Y to continue to help local families in need be able to be active in the Y, through financial aid, scholarships and other support.

Happy holidays to all from the Y Child Care kids and staff!

Take a stroll through the photo gallery below of the children and Y staffers reading the cards and enjoying their wonderful new Child Care Center!