YMCA hosts book sale to help send local kids to camp

YMCA hosts book sale to help send local kids to camp

YAKIMA, Wash. - The YMCA is hosting their annual book sale starting on Friday, January 5.

Funds from the sale will go toward a scholarship that sends local kids to summer camp at Camp Dudley by White Pass.

Camp Director Kyle McPherson said every child deserves to go to camp and without this scholarship, these kids wouldn't have the opportunity.

"It really is a full scholarship experience where we make sure that not only are they coming but they're coming and get to feel like regular kids," he said. "They are wonderful, amazing kids and so that they don't feel needing anything."

McPherson said the scholarship includes a full week of summer camp with food, staffing and activities that would typically cost $345.

Amanda Ryder is a volunteer who helps sort the books for the sale.

She said she helps because she loves books and thinks it's a great cause.

"If you've never been to camp before, it's a wonderful experience," Ryder said. "To get kids out there in the wilderness, going for a hike or an overnight backpack and it's a wonderful experience that can change a kid's life."

McPherson said each year they give away 60 to 80 scholarships depending on how much money they raise.

He said they typically sell around 8,000 books, with soft cover books selling for 75 cents and hard cover going for $1.50, that can add up.

"The book sale is not only buying books and helping your kids be better readers and yourself, but also doing good work to support the community," McPherson said.

People can drop off their own gently used books to donate throughout the sale.

The book sale starts on January 5 and runs through the 12th. McPherson said they open each day at 11 a.m. and close around 6 p.m.

The book sale is downtown at 8 North 3rd Street, next to Ron's Coin Shop.

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