Jackson YMCA thanks community for new donated buses

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — Kids at a local YMCA are enjoying rides around town in fresh new buses that came from lots of community support.

 

6 News went along for the ride as the Y gave a big thank you to the community.

 

In recent years, big blue buses at the Jackson YMCA have had trouble making their wheels go round and round.

 

 “So it was no longer safe to use, and we needed a way to cart our kids,” said Jackson YMCA Youth Development Director Michelle Pittenger.

 

The local John George Student Loan Fund took notice, donating two new busses to the Jackson Y.

 

“There was some jumping, there was some clapping, there was some crying,” Pittenger said. “It means thousands of lives this summer will be touched, and for many summers moving forward.”

 

Programs at the Y serve hundreds of kids ages 4 to 14 years old.

 

John Kane, a John George trustee, says they wanted to provide safe and comfortable rides for the children.

 

“We support the Y in a number of ways, because we believe in everything they do. They do great work with the kids in the community, and the adults in the community,” Kane said.

 

Dozens of kids recently rode the buses to Tripp’s Auto Shop and Collision Center to thank them for painting the buses for free.

 

The kids performed songs for auto shop employees and presented flowers to owners Barb and Phil Tripp.

 

 “Our guys worked overtime, weekends to get the buses ready,” Phil Tripp said. “Since we opened our doors, we knew we needed to give back to the community, and we look for good organizations to help out.”

 

They’re gifts that will keep on giving.

 

And the YMCA says they’re thankful the community is taking notice of all they do.

 

“They know that we’re touching these lives, they know that we make a difference, and we need to be able to continue to do that,” Pittenger said.

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