MUSKOKA, ON – YWCA is sharing its thanks after the community stepped up in a big way.

According to the organization, the generosity of donations means that 45 girls can go to camp.

YWCA says the fundraising campaign Send a Girl to Camp managed to raise $8,000.

“Along with the generous support of individual community members, local businesses and community organizations played a key role in the fundraising efforts and YWCA Muskoka thanks them for their support.

In-store campaigns were held throughout June by Gagnon’s Your Independent Grocer in Bracebridge; Bullock’s Your Independent Grocer in Huntsville and Boston Pizza in Bracebridge. As well, Alan and Lisa Cumber, owners of McDonald’s Restaurants in Muskoka, and the Rotary Club of Bracebridge generously donated to Send a Girl to Camp.

These local organizations said they got involved because every kid should have the chance to attend summer camp, especially YWCA Muskoka camps, which promote self-esteem and confidence building, leadership skills, healthy relationships and community engagement.”

YWCA says that the camp costs $175 per participant so the collection of this money means that those with financial barriers can still attend.