Santa visited the YMCA Thursday, Dec. 12 to inspire the children in the Child Development Program and to deliver a special “Santa gift” to Allison Hunter, YMCA executive director, during the cardiac program Christmas dinner attended by over 80 members.
An anonymous “elf” had given to Santa a $25,000 check to be donated to the “We Need Each Other” sustaining fund. Dr. Cindy Southern, fund drive chairperson, stated, ”This gracious gift now puts us at $94,500 against our goal of $100,000. The community has been very gracious supporting our efforts, as we plan to make improvements to our gym, pool and other facility needs in the coming months.”
Southern emphasized the point that the YMCA is a community asset that serves the needs of many and that this years campaign will be utilized to sponsor scholarships, facility improvements and operational costs. In addition, over $57,000 has been received through grants obtained by Y’ volunteers to sponsor new programs and assist with facility improvements to begin in January.
She concluded her update with, “Thanks to the citizens and businesses that have helped our cause, and we encourage others to make a tax deductible donation or pledge this year by contacting the Y’ at 615 Oakhurst Ave (in Pulaski) or online atwww.pulaskiymca.org.”