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My Town: How donating to Suit For Suits can prevent drownings
My Town: How donating to Suit For Suits can prevent drownings

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death among children under the age of 15, according to the aquatics director at the David D. Hunting YMCA; now is your chance to help curb that statistic.

The 7th annual Suits From Suits campaign continues through June 6.  Community members are encouraged to participate by donating new or gently used swimsuits by dropping them off at any collection barrel located at the offices of the Paul Goebel Group.  The donated swimsuits will be given to hundreds of children in need who participate in YMCA aquatics program.

“Our goal is to remove all barriers to children in our community learning to swim,” stated Meg Goebel, President of the Paul Goebel Group. “Without this campaign, many children simply don’t have the means to learn water safety, and as a community, we need to help change this.”

People who don’t have a swimsuit to donate can also help by donating money to the YMCA online.  Every $50 will help one child learn water safety.

Since its inception, the Suit From Suits campaign has provided more than 1,500 swimsuits for local children.

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