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The need is great in Indianapolis
Santa hopes to deliver toys to more than 1,000 families in need this holiday season, but he needs your help! 12 area YMCAs are collecting new toys through Dec. 13 for the 18th annual YMCA Toy Drive event presented by Tom Wood Automotive Group. With help from the community, the YMCA hopes to provide 2-3 toys to more than 3,000 children up to age 15 from low-income families and area shelters.
Families must pre-register
Families who need holiday assistance must pre-register online by Nov. 29. View registration instructions or call (317) 549-9622 for more information. Toys will be distributed to families from 8 a.m. – noon on Dec. 15 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center.
Y needs more Secret Santas like Bill
William Demaree, group director of fixed operations, and the Tom Wood Automotive Group team collected more than $42,000 worth of toys and donations last year. Many of these donations were bikes—hundreds of them—pre-assembled in a make-shift toy shop at its north side dealership.
“Every child should be able to experience the joy of receiving a new toy this holiday season,” says Bill. “But not everyone can afford to buy gifts for their children. We know Greater Indianapolis residents have generous hearts, and we’re asking for their help.”
Read how Bill got involved and how he saved Christmas for the kids.
The gift-giving program has brought joy and relief to over 40,000 families who may otherwise not be able to provide gifts to their children since it began 17 years ago.
DONATE A TOY TODAY!
Black ties are optional, sneakers required for this annual gala event to benefit the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. The 2019 Revolution Ball will be headlined by legendary Olympic Champion Mark Spitz, who got his start in a YMCA pool. Join us for an evening of sweet and savory food stations, cocktails, an auction and live music and dancing with Toy Factory. Prizes are awarded for the most creative, decked-out tennis shoes. Purchase tickets today!
START A REVOLUTION. LEARN TO SWIM.
Funds raised at Revolution Ball 2019 will help provide swim lessons and other water programs for kids and families who otherwise couldn’t afford them. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Abby Waeiss at 317.713.8545 to learn more.
On-street and garage parking is available nearby. Valet parking is also available for a small fee or is complimentary with VIP tickets.