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How Meghan’s family is giving kids the chance to go to camp

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Our annual Gratitude Report celebrates our generous donors and shares what inspires them to support the YMCA of Greater Toronto.

Meghan was a camp kid; her own daughter Annie started going to YMCA Camp Pine Crest at aged 9 and was a camper for many years and then a staff member.

Last year, the family decided to do something for Christmas. They thought about the values that make them who they are, and how they wanted to demonstrate their generosity. And instead of buying gifts, they decided they wanted to help other children experience the magic of Camp Pine Crest.

“It was a pretty easy decision for our family. None of us really need another darn thing. But thinking about other parents and children who are struggling breaks my heart. So, we gave to Pine Crest and it felt fantastic! I’m going to advocate that it become our annual family tradition.”

Camp Pine Crest isn’t the only way that the Robertson family connects to the YMCA. “I’m a member of our local Y in Scarborough,” Annie explains. “I find going there very uplifting because it’s such a welcoming, warm microcosm of our city. I’m sure everyone you talk to says the same thing—that the Y embraces diversity. That’s because it’s true.”

Read more about what inspires donors like Meghan and Annie in our 2017 Gratitude Report.

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