6 Ways to Help Support the ASYMCA this Holiday Season

Written by Valerie McCarley


For military families, the holidays can be a difficult time, especially when separated due to deployment. This holiday season, take time to appreciate and honor our service members and their families by giving back. Your donation to the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA), a non-profit association of the YMCA and the oldest military support organization in the United States, contributes to programs and services dedicated to active-duty military members and their families.

Here are six easy ways to support military families through the ASYMCA:


1. Start a Facebook Fundraiser

Show your support for the ASYMCA by starting a Facebook fundraiser. Not just reserved for birthdays, you can begin a fundraiser at any time! Share your fundraiser with your network of family and friends so they can help support the cause.


2. Amazon Smile

This holiday season, give gifts that give back to the ASYMCA with Amazon Smile! Select ASYMCA as your charity before shopping and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases.


3. Volunteer

One of the most rewarding ways to give back is to volunteer: help out at a food distribution event, wrap toys for military kids, or pack items at a food pantry. Find an ASYMCA branch close to you and donate your time.


4. Think Outside the Gift Box

There are so many ways to give! Donate your vehicle, your reward points, or securities. Set up an eBay charity auction. Contribute to the Combined Federal Campaign by choosing ASYMCA as the recipient of your pledge. Thinking about opting out of a gift exchange this year? Encourage family and friends to give to the ASYMCA instead.


5. Spread the Word

ASYMCA’s specialized programs and services for military families are offered at low or no cost and require no membership fees. Share the ASYMCA story with others. Help grow our community of supporters so we can continue serving our active-duty families.


6. Make a Gift

End-of-year giving is a great time to make a tax-deductible monetary contribution to the ASYMCA. Leave a legacy of giving with a gift in memory of or in honor of a loved one. Check to see if your employer offers matching funds to make your donation go even further.

The holidays are filled with hope, anticipation, and wonder. Make this season even brighter for our military community by donating today!


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