BEING PART OF MY CHILD’S LIFE
David’s Story: Mercedes has been so good to our Y! This is her first year with her son in our program. She helped our KICC program by providing names of 20 Blackhawk pilots that are on duty in North Korea. She knew that the kids wanted to send cards and candy to active duty military and stepped up to help out. Not only did she give us names but she mailed the boxes directly to them. She has kept us posted on when they receive the pack and had the great idea to have the pilots write back so we could start a pen pal club. Mercedes is always willing to help and brings her parents and sisters along as well. They were all a big help in putting on our Thanksgiving Potluck and Show. We are SO thankful to have her and her family in the program with all of their positive energy and dedication.
Mercedes’ Story: Thank you to the amazing group of mentors/teachers at Viejo YMCA for allowing me to participate in the Thanksgiving talent show/potluck. You made me feel like part of my son’s team even if just for a few hours. I rarely get a chance to help out since I work M-F 8-5 PM and I don’t get to spend time at my son’s school or at the YMCA, but for that night I felt like the coolest parent helper ever! The show turned out to be amazing and the food was delicious too!
Mercedes DeJaney, Nominated by David Salazar
Mercedes DeJaneyiejo Family YMCA