Branch Operations Director, Amy Croce, and Senior Executive Director, Andrea Baez, pass out meals to families in need at the Lynn YMCA the day before Thanksgiving.

Alma Cares has partnered with the YMCA of Metro North in Lynn to distribute 75 Thanksgiving turkey boxes to families in the Lynn area. Named for the matriarch of the Wahlberg family, Alma Cares, Inc. is a charitable, nonprofit organization that focuses on feeding the needy. The meals will be distributed the Tuesday and Wednesday of Thanksgiving week to Lynn-area residents.

As an anchor in the community for nearly 150 years, the YMCA of Metro North in Lynn offers programming and assistance to community members at every age and stage of life. The branch serves more than 20,000 residents annually with a range of health, wellness and charitable activities to benefit people in the Lynn area including hot meals for youth and families.

“We are excited to be able to support families in need this holiday season,” said Andrea Baez, Senior Branch Executive of the YMCA of Metro North in Lynn. “We are grateful to the Wahlberg family and Alma Cares for recognizing the need of some of our Lynn Y families.”

The YMCA of Metro North is sponsoring a number of donation drives and charitable activities around its five area branches this holiday season. In addition to the distribution of turkey boxes, the Lynn Branch is also working with the Lynn Public Schools to serve hot meals to youth this fall on weekday evenings and will host a toy drive to support its annual holiday party which is scheduled on December 20.

YMCA of Metro North branches in Melrose, Peabody, Saugus, and Stoneham will also be conducting a number of charitable drives to support children and families in need. 

“Our partnerships with foundations, schools, and nonprofits in our community make it possible for the YMCA of Metro North to provide much needed assistance to the people we serve. Last year, we distributed more than $1,000,000 in contributed revenue from donors to support a variety of charitable initiatives,” said Kathleen Walsh, President and CEO of the YMCA Metro North.  “We are so thankful for these partnerships and this type of generous support for our programming.”