My Y story begins in the fall of 2007 when I went to the Y for preschool. I went in not knowing what to do and as the day went on I slowly made more and more friends and by the end I didn't want to go home. As the days went on I felt more and more at home when going to the Y and then the school year was over. I was sad but I still knew I would always have those friends wherever I was. Later the next year I got to go to the Y summer camp and I didn't know what to expect. After trying to be alone for a couple days I had no choice but to make friends. Once I opened myself up I made a lot of friends and even looked forward to going.
As the years went on I got to experience many Y summer camps and the pattern stayed the same. I would go in anticipating the least and would leave with people who meant the most. I quickly grew to love all Ys and wanted to do more. I finally got this opportunity in the winter of 2014, when I was asked to volunteer for operation Christmas child, this was a project that assembled gift boxes for the less fortunate. This event was so much fun that I thought it was a Christmas party. I eventually got to do more volunteer projects and had just as much fun and gained many friends during each one.
After a year, Ms. Kim recognized my hard work and offered me a volunteer position for summer swim camp. Again, I didn't know what to expect going in, but I knew it was going to be hard work. On my first day I couldn't believe I would get to give a kid an amazing Y experience like the one I had, so when I got the email that I might have the chance to go help in South Africa I realized that I would get to help other kids experience the Y as I have and to do this I must raise $3000. I will be doing my best to raise this money in various ways and any way that you can help is highly appreciated.