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Cross Island YMCA asks for year-end gifts

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Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 12:00 am

‘Tis the season for getting and giving gifts and the Cross Island YMCA at 238-10 Hillside Ave. in Bellerose wants to remind you that contributions are needed to support their Strong Kids and Their Families program.

In addition to the presents you’re giving to loved ones, Y officials ask that you give one more tax-deductible gift.

Here are ways to make your year-end contribution:

Online: at ymcastrongkids.org/nyc. Select Cross Island YMCA from the list.

By phone: (718) 551-9314

By mail: send to 238-10 Hillside Ave., Bellerose, N.Y. 11426, Attention: Dana Feinberg, executive director

Make sure the envelope is postmarked by Dec. 31 for tax purposes. Gifts sent by FedEx must be received by Dec. 31.

In 2009, the facility affected the lives of well over 23,000 people, including 12,000 youth and teens, through a broad range of programs that help them develop to their full potential in spirit, mind and body.

The Cross Island YMCA provides educational, recreational and health and fitness programs for a vast number of communities from Far Rockaway and South Ozone Park to Cambria Heights and Laurelton to Bayside and Flushing and Bellerose.

The facility offers many programs and services for all ages, including day camp, child care, after-school programs, a swim program and a wide variety of youth and teen recreation and outreach activities.

There are more than 65 different classes and programs offered each year, including health and fitness, arts, dance and development classes serving over 16,500 adults annually.

Thanks to generous contributions from supporters and members, the Cross Island Y has been able to ensure that no child or family is turned away because of the inability to pay, but requests for financial assistance are now rising to unprecedented levels.

Y officials ask you to help them meet the demand of these people. “They’re counting on us, and we’re counting on you,” said Jame Cohn, Cross Island Y spokesman.

Stop by the member service desk or ask a staff member about the Strong Kids campaign and how you can help.

Officials there also realize you too may be experiencing financial pressures, so they have made it easier for you to get help or to donate more to your neighbors. Call (718) 551-9314 or e-mail jcohn@ymcanyc.org.

See ymcanyc.org/crossisland for the winter and spring 2010 membership and program brochure. Programs start Jan. 4.

Registration has already begun for members. It starts for those currently enrolled in program on Dec. 28 and for everyone else on Dec. 29.

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