The Stratford and St. Marys’ YMCAs are gearing up for Family Day.

The provincial holiday helps to kick off its Strong Kids Campaign every year, with the event used to both raise awareness and fundraise for its local programs.

The Stratford-Perth Y served around 9,000 people in 2017, providing direct financial assistance to another 2,400 from low income families.

Courtney says these programs help a lot of local youth and it’s thanks to the public the organization has been able to keep them going.