High School Youth Bring Christmas Joy to YMCA Tree Sale

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Colin Jacobs, a senior at St. Francis High School, carries a Christmas tree after unloading it from a truck that delivered 835 trees from Oregon to the Crescenta Cañada YMCA on Sunday.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Colin Jacobs, a senior at St. Francis High School, carries a Christmas tree after unloading it from a truck that delivered 835 trees from Oregon to the Crescenta Cañada YMCA on Sunday.

A bunch of jolly young elves were hard at work unloading 835 Christmas trees from the back of a semi-trailer truck in the Crescenta Cañada YMCA’s parking lot Sunday afternoon.
One of them was Colin Jacobs, a St. Francis senior sporting dozens of pine needles and grin that would not quit.
“I love this!” he said. “It’s a lot of hard work, but it pays off so it feels good.”
All that effort, by Jacobs and the other 70-plus teens involved in the YMCA’s Youth in Business Club, was a contribution in a longstanding local holiday tradition associated with the YMCA of the Foothills Christmas Tree Lot. The lot has come to provide teenagers an opportunity for real-life work experience while raising funds for kids who need help covering the cost of YMCA programs ranging from swim lessons to camping excursions. Continue reading “High School Youth Bring Christmas Joy to YMCA Tree Sale”

Vance Honors MLK Jr. at Prayer Breakfast

Courtney B. Vance has excelled in so many roles — as Johnnie Cochran on screen, as Hap Hairston on stage, as a parent and a husband in real life and, early on Thursday, Nov. 2, as the keynote speaker at the annual Community Prayer Breakfast at the Crescenta Cañada YMCA.
At the annual event, which seeks to highlight and raise funds for the YMCA’s Chaplain Services program, Vance delivered an address that weaved together poetry, history, Bible verse and real talk. He asked the 350 members of the audience to ask themselves, “Are we willing to overcome whatever fears we each have and give of our time, our love, our energy, our passions, our service for the glory of almighty God?” Continue reading “Vance Honors MLK Jr. at Prayer Breakfast”