Area briefs

Y to offer Tee-Ball, camp

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA is offering a Tee-Ball League beginning June 13. This league is for 3-5 year olds and will be held at the Robinson Branch on Tuesday evenings. The program runs for eight weeks this summer with two weeks of practice and six weeks of games.

Early registration runs through May 28 and can be completed over the phone or at either YMCA Branch. A coaches meeting will take place at the Robinson Branch on June 1 at 6 p.m. for all parents signing up to coach. For more information on either league contact Jaime Hull, youth program director, at (937)440-9622.

The Miami County YMCA also will be offering a summer day camp program. Each fun filled week will allow boys and girls an opportunity to enjoy themselves and make new friends in an outdoor/camp atmosphere. A variety of activities will be offered including swimming, hiking, arts and crafts and sports.

Summer day camp will have a different theme each week with Thursdays being the “trip of the week.” Week themes include Crazy Clothes Week, Day Camp Olympics Week and Water Works Week. Trips include zoos, a Cincinnati Reds Game, Kings Island, COSI and Zoombezi Bay Water Park. Campers can sign up for one to 11 weeks of camp. Camp weeks run from June 5 through Aug. 18. There is also the option to just participate on trip days.

Summer day camp is for children going into first through sixth grade. Youth in seventh grade and up can apply to be Counselors-in-Training (CITs) in which they will have a chance to take a leadership role during camp, helping Counselors lead activities. Interested CITs should contact the camp director to become a part of the program.

Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (later on trip days) at both the Piqua and Robinson branches with pre- and post-camp day care offered at the Piqua branch child care center. Registration forms are available at both branches and further questions can be answered by the camp director Jaime Hull at (937)440-9622.

Shoe drive serves dual role

MIAMI COUNTY — DREAM (aka Dream4pets) is conducting a shoe collection drive now through June 15 to raise funds for rescued pets and people. DREAM earns funds based on the number of pairs collected, and those dollars help with the cost of vetting, surgery and medication required for the dogs rescued by DREAM. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used, like new, or new shoes at the following drop off locations: Zion Lutheran Church (Tipp City), YMCA (Troy branch), and The Hack Shack & Eleete Motors in Sidney.

Donated shoes are then purchased by Funds2Orgs who distribute them throughout countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa to help impoverished people start, maintain and grow their businesses. Proceeds from the shoe sales (in those countries) are used to feed, clothe and house their families.

By donating shoes to DREAM, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives, reduce what goes into landfillsand provides support to rescued by DREAM.

“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Cindy Hartnagel, executive director of DREAM. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like donate to us and help those less fortunate become self-sufficient. It’s a win-win for everyone.”