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Tri-Town YMCA makes donations to Disciples Food Pantry, Hope House

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 1:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:51 a.m. CDT

LOMBARD — As part of an ongoing effort to help improve the health, happiness and well-being of community members, the Tri-Town YMCA has made donations to local charity organizations.

A toy box and toys were donated to the Disciples Food Pantry in Villa Park to be used by the children who come with their parents to get food.

While the Tri-Town YMCA’s executive director Joanne Mitrenga was conducting a community health assessment survey, she noticed the children waiting at the food pantry and wanted to find a way to help them.

“You could tell that the children were doing their best to be patient, but it was very hard for them to remain in line with nothing to do,” Mitrenga said.

Since the Tri-Town YMCA received a Pioneering Healthier Communities grant in 2011, the organization has worked with local leaders and organizations to find ways to develop opportunities for healthy living.

Through this project, the YMCA learned that families who are struggling financially often neglect their personal health and fitness.

To help people stay active even when they are struggling, the Tri-Town YMCA also donated fitness equipment to Catholic Charities’ Hope House.

The Hope House is a shelter that provides people with a temporary home and helps residents find jobs and save money for permanent housing.

To learn more about the Tri-Town YMCA’s community outreach programs, call the organization at 630-629-9622.

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