Building Community One Card at a Time | YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka

Building Community One Card at a Time

December 30th, 2015 by Lindsay Harrison

Cards at MyY Collingwood

By: Melanie Pockaj

In a world of evites and memes, some classic forms of communication can become lost or forgotten, but the value of these holiday traditions has not depreciated. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Solstice, if you are trying to say thanks or send well wishes to the ones you love, nothing beats a simple card.

I remember as a child the sheer excitement of learning mail had come with my name on it. I knew those colourful envelopes contained sweet messages and fun pictures from grandparents, aunts and uncles. As an adult I am equally excited to receive these delightful deliveries, such a welcome change from the usual mail that comes with a “payment due” date. You forget sometimes of these simple pleasures. It’s not every day, especially in our age of technology, that you see such heartfelt traditions surface. Lately, our Y has been full of these happy reminders.

The YMCA Collingwood Holiday Party

YMCA Collingwood Holiday CardsWe have been thrilled to receive many cards and well wishes from members of our YMCA community. In addition to that, our staff have worked hard to continue this tradition.

This past month, the Collingwood YMCA hosted an all-inclusive Holiday Party. Amongst the accessible and multicultural activities was a card table set up to allow our young attendees to fill in cards for local seniors who may be spending the season alone.

We carried this opportunity over to our Youth Leaders on Friday night where they enjoyed writing stories, jokes and seasonal tidings to help brighten a stranger’s day. We also provided our younger members a chance to fill in cards for their friends and family. It was a great reminder for all involved of the importance of connecting to your community.

It’s a small gesture with big impact and everyone involved looks forward to knowing that someone’s holiday will be happier because of it. Spread the love this holiday season and send a card!

Supporting the YMCA of Sierra Leone

Cards supporting the YMCA of Sierra Leone.

If you’re looking for extra special stationery, our Global Initiatives work group has created cards to sell to support the YMCA of Sierra Leone. The picture on the card was created by a co-op student for Cultural week. These cards are available in YMCA centres across Simcoe/Muskoka.

From all of us at the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka and YMCA Collingwood, Happy New Year!

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