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Letter: My gratitude

I am writing to express my gratitude to the YMCA in Greenfield’s staff and volunteers who help to raise money for the families in our community. The YMCA’s 2013 Strong Kids and Families Campaign takes place this April and every donation collected is used to enrich the lives of our people in Franklin County. It is because of the generosity of the donors and the people who volunteer their time toward this cause that so many kids get to enjoy a variety of fabulous programs and summer camps. Without the donations to support those families in need, so many would be left unable to participate.

We live in a county that is not necessarily rich monetarily, but we are certainly rich in so many ways. It has been inspirational for me to watch our community come together and go above and beyond to take care of our children. Hopefully, through this positive Y — experience, each child gains confidence, builds friendships, realizes their potential and grows up strong and healthy.

I am incredibly blessed to work with such a great team of volunteers and YMCA staff in support of our neighbors. It is the continued acts of kindness that make me so proud of our small community with such a big heart.

MELISSA GARDINER
South Deerfield

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