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PROCON and Granite YMCA Brighten Kid’s Holidays

December 27, 2018


Manchester, NH: In December 2018 PROCON partnered with Granite YMCA in its annual Angel Tree Christmas program. Employee’s donated gifts valued at $4,000 to 80 children in the YMCA START and YMCA STAY program in Manchester, NH.

For more than 20 years, The Granite YMCA has collaborated with community partners and individuals in order to provide Christmas gifts to low-income children across Southern New Hampshire. Every year, around Christmas time, The Granite YMCA features an Angel Tree. The purpose of the Angel Tree is to provide financially assisted families, along with YMCA START and STAY program participants with gifts during the holiday season. The trees feature ornaments representing an anonymous child and/or family and their holiday wish list. PROCON has been a generous partner and supporter of this program for the last six years.

“From the simple things, such as new clothes and shoes, to making dreams come true with toys such as remote-controlled helicopters, smart watches, bikes, and Legos, The Granite YMCA is thankful for the generous support PROCON provides each year to our YMCA children and families,” said John Harris, President and CEO of The Granite YMCA.

Community giving is a central focus of PROCON’s culture that believes in paying it forward in the local community by sharing their time and talents through compassionate giving. Each year PROCON’s Marketing Manager Beth Carter spearheads the Granite YMCA Angel Tree gift-giving drive. “This is one of our favorite things to do every holiday season, and our employees get excited about shopping for the kids,” she said. “We are all so thankful to be a part of spreading joy each year.”

YMCA START is an achievement gap after school program serving low-income students from the Henry Wilson and Beech Street Schools. The program provides a safe, structured after school environment five days a week. YMCA STAY is the only program in Manchester for high promise middle school students offered at Parkside, Hillside, McLaughlin, and Southside schools. The program provides direct and indirect services to students who may be struggling in school due to a variety of factors. Services include academic support, mentoring, time management, and healthy behaviors.

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