YMCA Kicks Off Operation Christmas Child Gift-Filled Shoe Box Drive
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
For the 18th year in a row, the YMCA of Central Florida has joined forces with the Samaritan's Purse in support of Operation Christmas Child, an annual gift-filled shoe box drive for children in need.
Operation Christmas Child is the world's largest Christmas project of its kind, collecting and delivering more than 113 million gift-filled shoe boxes to children in more than 130 countries. Last year alone, the Y facilitated the collection of more than 25,000 gift-filled shoe boxes. In additi
YMCA Kicks off the Summer Season with Water Safety Program
Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
The YMCA of Central Florida kicked off the summer season on Saturday, May 17, with a Splash Bash Celebration, where more than 160 minority youth received free swim lessons. The celebration, promoting water safety and water survival techniques, was held at four YMCA locations, which included the Wayne Densch YMCA, South Orlando YMCA, Blanchard Park YMCA and the Osceola YMCA.
According to the USA Swimming Foundation, about 70 percent of African-American children and 58 percent of Hispanic chil