YMCA of Broome: Thankful for Community


Bless the Lord…and do not forget any of his benefits.

Psalm 103:2 NRSV


“I have not stopped giving thanks for you…” Ephesians 1:16 (NIV)


During this season of thankfulness, the YMCA of Broome would like to take a moment to express gratitude for the faithful support from YMCA staff, members, Board and volunteers, as well as the privilege of partnering with other agency and businesses. The combined effort allows the YMCA many excellent opportunities to serve our community, from the youngest children and their families, through senior adults.


Two recent YMCA events, Trunk or Treat and the annual Thanksgiving Meal offered safe, fun, activities for hundreds in our community. The new YMCA of Broome Branch Executive Director, Gerry Gessie, offered these comments:


Trunk or Treat:
My first YMCA of Broome Event, Trunk or Treat, was spectacular fun!  It was great seeing all of the YMCA Spirit! Several hundred Broome County residents lined-up along the north side of the West Family YMCA Branch facility. They chatted as they waited in their creative costumes for their turn to parade past the decorated cars and collect their treats from each of the trunks. The late afternoon event also included a free pumpkin, outdoor games, as well as crafts in the Game Room and mini-plastic pumpkin hunts in the pool.
We are truly thankful for the hours of efforts decorating and generosity of the 25 Trunk teams (Approximately 50 volunteers and pounds and pounds of treats.) We also had a significant candy donation from Mirabito. The Halloween-themed music, the other YMCA staff and volunteers on the campus made for a great time for time with families, friends, and colleagues!

Community Turkey Dinner

It always feels nice to give and that was in tall order for the YMCA’s Community Turkey Dinner. The grateful feelings expressed by the over 200 people in attendance overwhelmed me and many others. On the way in and on the way out, individuals and entire families conveyed their thankfulness for the nice meal, as well as the opportunity to relax and spend time with caring neighbors.


The YMCA of Broome extends much thanks to all who donated two dozen turkeys, homemade pies and an assortment of other trimmings to the feast. Special thanks to the YMCA’s School Age Child Care kids for the adorable table setting. Very much appreciated, also, are the tireless efforts of the YMCA Staff, members, board and other volunteers, including entire families, who set-up, prepared, seated and served in any way on Sunday, November 12, 2017. One of the youngest volunteers, 5-year-old Emmy, smiled as she pitched in for her second year, wearing an over-sized set of gloves.

What a very special afternoon of giving thanks and fellowship!


Three more YMCA Traditional Community Events are scheduled during the month of December. Hope you can join us:

Angel Tree, November 25-December 18th: makes gifts possible for our Supportive Housing Residents

Snorkel With Santa on Saturday, December 9th, 2017, fun time for families

Resolution Run: 5k Walk/Run, Sunday, December 31st, Noon

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