YMCA of Greater Saint John, in Partnership with Saint JohnNewcomers Centre, Invites You to “Deck the Halls by Donation” this Holiday Season

The YMCA of Greater Saint John is thrilled to announce a shared fundraising initiative with the Saint John Newcomers Centre. This year, the two organizations will be selling live Christmas trees, one hundred percent of proceeds from which will be shared between the YMCA’s Strong Communities Campaign and the Saint John Newcomer Centre’s Scholarship Fund and Newcomer Assistance Fund.

Through a kind donation from IKEA, the New Brunswick Multicultural Council and the Furniture Bank, 1,200 live Christmas trees will be arriving in Saint John this week and will be available for sale at the Irving Oil Field House on Saturday, December 5. Fencing for the tree lot was provided by Fundy Fencing.

YMCA Strong Communities Campaign is an annual fundraising campaign focused on raising much-needed resources to ensure access to YMCA programs that provide sponsorship to newcomers in our community and create the opportunities they need to reach their potential to live healthier, happier lives.

“This is an exciting and festive way to help us meet our annual Strong Communities Campaign goal,” says Shilo Boucher, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Saint John. “It’s been a tough year but we’re still so close to reaching our annual goal of $425,000. This could be the final push we need to get there.”

The Saint John Newcomers Centre is a non-profit settlement service provider serving all newcomers in Greater Saint John. They strive to improve the cultural, social, and economic landscape of the city through the promotion of multiculturalism.

“Our Scholarship and Newcomers Assistance Funds support newcomers seeking to improve their economic well-being and are given to newcomers who demonstrate financial need. Fundraising for our scholarship and newcomer assistance funds happens year-round, are only made possible through community donations, and help newcomers who are in need to find success in Greater Saint John. Thank you to the New Brunswick Multicultural Council, Furniture Bank, and of course, IKEA for providing us with this opportunity to raise funds for needed causes in our community,” Mohamed Bagha, Managing Director of the Saint John Newcomers Centre (SJNC).

Trees can be purchased by a donation of $25 or more, beginning Saturday, December 5. Pre-order your tree by sending an email to donate@saintjohny.ca or stop by the parking lot of the Irving Oil Field House during the following hours.

December 5 & 6
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday

December 10 – 20
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Thursday and Friday
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday

About the YMCA of Greater Saint John
The YMCA of Greater Saint John exists to build healthy communities. As a registered charitable organization, the Y relies on your donations to ensure that no one in our community is turned away from participating in life-enriching Y services due to financial limitations. Please consider supporting your community by donating today – because there is no Y without you!

For More Information

If you have further questions or media inquiries for the YMCA of Greater Saint John please contact Kristen Wheaton Clayton at k.clayton@saintjohny.ca or +1-506-634-4927.

For media inquiries for the Saint John Newcomers Centre, please contact Emily MacMackin at emily.macmackin@sjnewcomers.ca or +1-506-721-7874.