YMCA taking part in ‘Labels for Education’

Published 10:18 pm Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Atmore Area YMCA is seeking the help of the community as they prepare to begin a program to help fund needs of the afterschool care program the non-profit organization offers.

Beginning Oct. 11, the YMCA will take part in Labels for Education in order to help purchase equipment that would benefit the children that visit the YMCA after school is out.

Yolanda Webster, office administrator for the Atmore Area YMCA, said the program will run until December at which time the Y will give away a basket to someone who gave labels.

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“From Oct. 11 until Dec. 17, we are going to offer residents in the community a chance to win a basket filled with goodies,” Webster said. “Anyone in the community will be eligible for the basket they just have to turn in some labels. We just need their name, phone number and address to be able to get in touch with them.”

The Labels for Education sponsored by Campbell’s program has been supporting schools around the nation for more than 37 years, and has provided more than $110 million in free merchandise in exchange for proof of purchase from Campbell’s products.

Webster said the goal for the YMCA this year is to collect 15,000 points.

“Our goal is to collect 15,000 points, and we’re asking the community to help,” she said. “If we work together, we can build a better YMCA for our children.”

To purchase one item from the program, it takes 1,500 labels, so 15,000 would help the YMCA purchase 10.

Webster said the funds will go towards getting supplies for afterschool care.

“We need books, playground equipment, balls and snacks,” she said. “Anything to help with the afterschool care.”

For more information contact the Atmore Area YMCA at 368-9622.