Minneapolis, MN – The YMCA of the North, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, is inviting the community to donate to the winter clothing fund drive to purchase coats, gloves, hats, boots and snow pants for youth served by YMCA Neighborhood Centers.

Neighborhood Centers support families by providing access to healthy foods; sharing educational resources and enrichment activities; and assisting with basic necessities, technology access and job support. Many youth are not prepared for cold temperatures and snow. The winter clothing fund drive will support the purchase of winter clothing to help kids stay warm this winter.

“The YMCA is committed to removing barriers that may prevent kids and teens from getting the basic necessities to stay warm this winter,” said Mary Britts, vice president of community impact for the YMCA of the North’s Center for Social Impact. “We are grateful for any amount donated to help us make a difference for our youth.”

To learn more on how to give the gift of warmth, visit www.ymcanorth.org/give/winter.

Any donation will help:

  • $25 – provides a hat and gloves
  • $50 – provides a winter coat
  • $100 – provides a coat, snow pants and boots
  • $125 – provides full winter gear
  • $500 – provides a three-generation family of four with winter gear for the season
  • $1,000 – enables the YMCA to offer free indoor programming days on snowy, cold days when schools are closed

A donation in any amount (even $5) makes an impact.

WHO: YMCA of the North Neighborhood Centers

Locations include:

  • Birchwood in Stillwater
  • Briarhill in Eden Prairie
  • Huntington Place in Brooklyn Park
  • Maple Pond in Maplewood
  • Minnetonka Heights in Minnetonka
  • Montreal Courts in Little Canada

WHAT: Winter Clothing Fund Drive

WHERE: To donate, go to www.ymcanorth.org/give/winter.

WHEN: Dec. 1, 2023, through Jan. 31, 2024

About the YMCA of the North

The YMCA of the North is a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Established 167 years ago, the Ys provide life-strengthening services across the greater Twin Cities metro region, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin communities. The 29 Y locations and program sites, eight overnight camps, 10 day camps, and more than 90 child care sites engage more than 370,000 men, women and children of all ages, incomes and backgrounds. To learn more about the Y’s mission and work, visit www.ymcanorth.org.