Proceeds from the Strong Kids campaign assist those who might not otherwise be able to afford to pay the full fee for programs offered by the YMCA of Clay County.
The Financial Assistance fund offers programs such as After School Child Care, Summer Day Camp and Youth Sports to low-income children and families at reduced rates.
"These programs are designed to help children develop physically, academically, socially and emotionally. Donations to the Strong Kids Campaign are a wonderful way to invest in local youth and shape the future of our community," YMCA of Clay County CEO Deborah Plummer said.
A partnership of 222 individuals, business and area clubs giving their gifts this year will allow many youth in the area access to quality child care programs and youth sport programs.
"I continue to be impressed with the generosity of this community," Plummer said. "I also appreciate the continued dedication of our campaign volunteers."
Although the Strong Kids Campaign is designed to be completed during the month of February each year, this year's campaign was extended after the death of Watts, Y board member and co-chair of the campaign.
"Grant was a friend and an asset to our YMCA and this community," Plummer said. "He is deeply missed."
The Y received more than $3,500 in donations given in Watts' memory.
Additional gifts can be given to the Strong Kids Campaign throughout the year.
The YMCA of Clay County currently serves more than 3,900 members and an additional 1,200 program participants.
In 2010, the Y provided almost $60,000 in financial assistance to the community.
The nation's YMCAs serve more than 20.2 million people each year, including 9.5 million children.
For more information, log on to www.ymca.net.