WEST CHESTER—At just nine years old, Owen Jones, a resident of West Grove, is inspiring a lot of people. Since he was just three, Owen has attended summer camp at the Kennett Area YMCA in Kennett Square.
Last year, he and his mom noticed that a fellow camper wasn’t able to afford lunch, so Owen began bringing her a sandwich, fruit, snack and water every day. “I thought if we (he and his mother) helped support them, then when we need help they would support us,” says Owen.
Now Owen is inspiring many more people. In honor of his 10th birthday next month, Owen and the YMCA of Greater Brandywine (the Kennett Area YMCA is one of eight branches that comprise the YMCA of Greater Brandywine Association) began inviting others to join in the generosity by donating just $10, the approximate cost of a child’s lunch.
The funds raised will go toward helping other kids, families and residents in Chester County access YMCA programs, such as summer camp.
“The YMCA’s core values are caring, honesty, respect and responsibility,” said Denise Day, President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine. “To see a nine-year-old embodying all of those values and making such a significant impact on our community, really inspires me and I hope others will join Owen in his cause.”
To date, $935 has been raised via Facebook at www.facebook.com/donate/573138833218254/. His goal is $1,500. For those not on Facebook, more information can be found on the YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s website at www.ymcagbw.org/10for10.