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YMCA distributes donation of clothes from Gap Inc. to local agencies

Kayla Verot, Jon Ooserman, Chris Dreifeld, Pathways to Education; Rob Adams, CEO, YMCA of Eastern Ontario. Photo provided by YMCA.

Some holiday spirit arrived at the YMCA of Eastern Ontario, in the form of 92 boxes of new Banana Republic clothes donated by Gap Inc.

“As soon as we heard that Gap was offering to donate new clothes, we knew that agencies across our region would be able to put them to good use,” said Rob Adams, CEO, YMCA of Eastern Ontario. “Gap contacted the YMCA and we reached out to agencies who work with those who are vulnerable, hoping to be able to provide some joy to some terrific kids.”

Boxes of clothes from Banana Republic arrived in early November and distribution took place today, according to a release from the YMCA, dated Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Youth Diversion, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville, St. Vincent de Paul, Girls Inc. of Upper Canada, Connect Youth and Pathways for Education are the recipients of more than 2,500 articles of new clothing and footwear.

“Youth Diversion helps over 1,400 youth and their families in KFL&A overcome challenges each year by providing individualized services to divert youth from risk, by providing both intervention and prevention services, and by working collaboratively with youth, their families, other agencies and our community,” explained Shawn Quigley, executive director, Youth Diversion.

The donation is an important one for local youth.

“We are extremely grateful to be considered by the YMCA of Eastern Ontario for this gift of clothing,” Quigley said. “Our children and youth rarely have the opportunity to be gifted new clothes, making your donation that much more special for them. Our plan is to host a clothing carousel and to individually provide the children and youth with the clothes donated by Banana Republic and the YMCA of Eastern Ontario.”

Lesley Hubbard, executive director for Girls Inc. said: “Girls Inc. delivers life-changing programs and experiences that equip girls to overcome serious barriers to grow up strong, smart, and bold. We’re very excited to be exploring opportunities to work together with the YMCA of Eastern Ontario to meet the needs of girls and young women in our community. This clothing donation will allow us to help families address some of their most basic needs. We recognize that everyone is better off when organizations work together for the good of the community.” 

The YMCA says they are dedicated to the growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body, and to our sense of responsibility to each other and the global community.

“We were very happy to be able to connect our community partners and agencies with this opportunity,” Adams said. “It’s one way to show that we live our values everyday.”

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