Southington YMCA Giving Tree will benefit Sioux reservation

Published on Monday, 4 December 2017 21:18


SOUTHINGTON – The Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA’s annual Giving Tree event Dec. 11 will benefit their “sister Y” on the Sioux Indian reservation in South Dakota.

The “Giving Tree Ceremony” will be held at the YMCA Learning Center parking lot from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature seasonal songs sung by the Y’s four-year-old preschool students and the choir from Hatton Elementary School.

“Friends and family members come out to watch as each group of youngsters sings three Christmas Carols and then we do the lighting of out tree out in front of the Y,” said Shane Altwies, director of YMCA Camp Sloper. “Susan Roman from Faith Living Church will also be singing along with the kids. Speakers will include John Myers, our executive director, and members of our International Committee.”

People can also stop in to the YMCA at 29 High St. to make a donation. They will then be able to write their names, or a person whom they are donating in honor of, on a feather that will be placed on “The Giving Tree.” The tree will stand in the lobby of the YMCA throughout the holiday season. Additionally, visitors to the YMCA will be able to purchase “evergreen mugs” starting in December. Proceeds from this sale will also support the Sioux YMCA.

Altwies said that the local YMCA has been supporting the Sioux Y for more than 30 years. The Sioux YMCA provides services to 18 communities on the 4,500 square mile of the Cheyenne River Reservation, which is one of the poorest in the U.S. According to the YMCA, the reservation has no casino, no public transportation, no libraries, no movie theaters and no shopping malls.

“There are a lot of people in need and our Y does what it can to raise a small amount of money each year to support them,” said Altwies. “Last year we raised $500 and we’re always looking to raise as much as we can. This is a community that needs all the help we can give it and this partnership has long pre-dated my tenure at the Y.”

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or .

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General News, Southington Herald on Monday, 4 December 2017 21:18. Updated: Monday, 4 December 2017 21:21.