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YMCA launches Hearts For Our Heroes project

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Duneland YMCA CEO Dave Kasarda is collecting hand-made paper hearts, with the goal of gathering over 500, to present to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"These hearts will be delivered to hospital staff, first responders and those on the front lines of helping us survive this pandemic," Kasarda said.

The hearts can be any size (8.5 x 11 is ideal) and need to contain a positive message, thanking those who are working so hard to keep us safe or providing needed encouragement. This can be a great project for children who are looking for something to do. Once the hearts are done, please bag them and place them in the drop box in front of the doors at the Duneland YMCA.

All Hearts need to be at the Y by 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 8.

If you are unable to get to the Y, contact Kasarda via email,, and a safe pickup will be arranged.

"Please consider making hearts and thanking those who are risking their lives for us. Let's all come together on this project, and let these folks know how much we appreciate what they're doing for us," he said. "Please share this message with everyone you know!"

The Duneland Family YMCA is located at 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton, and has been serving the Duneland communities for more than 50 years focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.


Posted 4/3/2020




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