Update: November, 3, 2022

Thank you to everyone who donated to our first annual Octo-BRRR Clothing Drive. Throughout the month of October, our community has been collecting new hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves, to keep kids aged pre-school to 5th grade warm.

Cheryl York, Member Services Director at the YMCA shares, “We are so proud of our community. Through their generous donations of our Members and Program Participants, 127 pairs of items have been collected!”

The donated items will be given to Parker Elementary and The Christian Love Center to be used in their Christmas giveaways.

Thanks to everyone who donated!


The Henry County YMCA is hosting its first annual Octo-BRRR Clothing Drive. The community is encouraged to bring in new hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves for kids aged preschool through 5th grade. This clothing drive will take place from now until October 31.

Cheryl York is Member Services Director at Henry County YMCA. This initiative is one of many that encourages community connections throughout the year.

“This is a new way for our Members and Program Participants to connect with our community. We’ve heard of several coat drives occurring this year, and that is great!” York expressed. “At YMCA we are always looking for new ways to build connections. We hear a lot about coat drives, but any mother realizes that hats, mittens, and gloves are just as important to keep our families warm. We felt these items are often overlooked and we wanted to find a way to ensure some of these other needs are met, too.”

To thank members and program participants for donating items, the YMCA is giving away prizes.

“I am just as excited about the prizes. All of us at YMCA want to thank the community for sharing in this clothing drive,” York continued. “We hope that everyone in the community knows they are welcome to take part in this clothing drive. Issuing prizes adds a little bit of fun for everyone.”

When guests and members bring in items, they can enter their name for a drawing to win. Winners will receive one of several prizes that will include YMCA gift certificates for membership and youth programs, fitness classes, day passes, Y merchandise and more.

“We think this is a fun way for everyone to engage with the YMCA and the community. We invite everyone that can participate by dropping off their items at the front desk,” noted York.

The drawings will take place on or after November 1. Winners will be contacted to receive their prize at the YMCA.

Donations can be brought to Henry County YMCA at 300 Wittenbraker Avenue, New Castle, IN 47362. All donations received will be shared within the local community. Any questions can be directed to Cheryl at cyork@henrycountyYMCA.org or by visiting the front desk at the YMCA.

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