BRINGING HOLIDAY JOY TO OUR TROOPS
Woman’s Day and the Armed Services YMCA’s Operation Holiday Joy
Total Amount Raised to Date by Woman’s Day Readers Since 2004:
Over 9,000 Individual Donors
On behalf of the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) National Board of Directors, the staff and most importantly the young men and women who serve our country and their families, I extend sincere thanks to Woman’s Day and its readership for supporting Operation Holiday Joy. Woman’s Day readership has contributed over $1.5 million dollars to Operation Holiday Joy in just 9 years. In addition, to maximize the number of families served, the ASYMCA donates all the staff time and overhead associated with running Operation Holiday Joy. The generosity and unwavering support shown from Woman’s Day readership has allowed the ASYMCA to purchase and distribute over 1600 pallets of toys (over 320,000 toys) as well as deliver over 25,000 baskets of food at Thanksgiving and Christmas to junior enlisted families in need.
These young heroes and their families are voluntarily serving and sacrificing daily so we can continue to enjoy our freedoms and way of life. The generosity shown from Woman’s Day readership demonstrates an appreciation for the sacrifices required of these dedicated defenders of our country.
From all of us here at the Armed Services YMCA, thank you for helping make military life easier.
To see thank you notes from military families impacted by this great program, please pick up the May 2013 issue of Woman’s Day Magazine.
Captain, USN (Ret.)