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18th Annual YMCA Holiday Toy Drive @ 12 area YMCAs
Oct 22 – Dec 13 all-day

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 or onsite from 8 – 10 a.m. on Nov. 3 at the Avondale Meadows YMCA. 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.


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You can be #1! @ OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA
Nov 5 – Nov 18 all-day

Be the First Person to do these activities at the NEW ORTHOINDY FOUNDATION YMCA!

OIF Y Be The First donor flyer icons

Don’t wait, BID NOW! Bids are open until midnight on Nov. 18.

Top bidders can be the first to do these activities on Nov. 30 and receive an OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA gift bag and recognition at the site of your experience. Proceeds go to the Y’s Annual Campaign to make Y membership and programs accessible to all.

Three times available on Nov. 30 

First experiences will need to be completed Nov. 30 (except classes). The highest bidders will be contacted to select a preferred time.

  • 6 to 8 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 5 to 7 p.m.

Learn more about the OrthoIndy Foundation Y, then  join us for all of the grand opening events! Thank you for supporting the YMCA. Bids are open until Nov. 18.

Faith and Football Sunday Gathering with Tailgating Party presented by Go Church Indy @ Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay
Nov 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Faith and Football Sunday Gathering with Tailgating Party presented by Go Church Indy @ Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

This will be the Ultimate Community Tailgate Party of the season. Go Church Indy will have food trucks, colts bounce houses and obstacle courses, six Colts game ticket giveaways, three autographed Colts jerseys giveaways, and many amazing more door prizes. This will be the can’t miss downtown community event for the entire family! Plus, ITS ALL FREE for those who attend Sunday Morning Gathering with Go Church Indy, which is at 9:30am in the Irsay Family YMCA. The tailgate party will begin at 10:30, immediately after the service.

Also check out tickets to the Colts vs. Titans game on Nov. 18. $5 of all ticket sales go back to the YMCA’s Annual Campaign which helps individuals, children and families afford YMCA memberships and programs. Ticket purchases also get you access to the Faith and Football experience and concert on the field after the game. Purchase tickets and get more info here.

Y Inspire Indy 5K Series presented by Delta – NEXT: GOBBLE GALLOP & WISHBONE 5Ks @ Multiple YMCA Locations
Nov 22 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Run, walk or crawl at one or all of the YMCA Inspire Indy 5K Series events presented by DELTA


Inspire Indy 5K Series

5Ks all year long. Eight races, seven Ys!

Earn series swag when you do three or more events in 2018. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact your Y of choice or call 317.266.9622.

JAN 1 New Year’s Day – COMPLETED!
Y Did I Do This? 5K
Witham Family YMCA (Lebanon)

Aloha Run 5K (& 1 miler)
Baxter YMCA

Freedom Run 5K
Benjamin Harrison YMCA

Rock and Roll 5K
Witham Family YMCA (Lebanon)

Haunted Hustle 5K
Jordan YMCA

NOV 10 – Veterans Weekend – COMPLETED!
Heroes Health Hope 5K

NOV 22 – Thanksgiving Day – **NEXT!**
Wishbone 5K
Fishers YMCA

NOV 22 – Thanksgiving Day – **NEXT!**
Gobble Gallop 5K
Hendricks Regional Health YMCA (Avon)

Participation helps the Y offer programs so everyone in Greater Indianapolis can achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.