ystark!'s first annual Yuletide Breakfast Fest yields bicycles for foster children
CANTON, OH (January 10, 2012) – On Saturday, Dec. 17, ystark!, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber, held the first annual Yuletide Breakfast Fest at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. During the event, local foster families gathered for a festive holiday breakfast, playing games and learning about how physical activity can lead to a healthy lifestyle. But the real goal of this special holiday service project was to provide new bikes and helmets for foster children in our community. ystark! partnered with Pathway Caring for Children, and ultimately provided 82 new bikes and helmets to the kids Pathway supports. “It was remarkable to see the kids’ faces light up when the curtain opened on the bikes that were waiting for them. One 15-year-old girl said that her new bike was the first thing she has ever really owned,” said Eric Belden, executive director of Pathway Caring for Children. “This project has allowed the kids to forget about their sad situations for a moment and enjoy what the holiday spirit is all about.” The bikes and helmets were provided through donations from local young professionals, with business support from Chesapeake Energy, along with Aultman Health Foundation, The Canton Charge, The City of Canton, Miixers Lounge, The Ohio Vortex, Siegfried Enterprises, Inc. / McDonalds Restaurants, Beese, Fulmer Investment Management Family and Prodigy Sound. “We had an amazing group of volunteers and supporters that dedicated many hours and dollars to make this program a reality,” said Aimee Belden, ystark! director. “We’re very proud of our first ystark! community service project, especially one that gives us the experience of seeing the joy on the children’s faces, and look forward to continuing our giving in 2012.” The Yuletide Breakfast Fest is the first service project that ystark! has taken on since they recently joined forces with the past members of the Canton Jaycees.