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August 4th, 2008
GSMYC Benefits From CTRC Vacation Bible School

The Greater San Marcos Youth Council benefitted this week from the Christ The Redeemer Church’s vacation bible school. The program taught children about power and the power to help others in their community.The Greater San Marcos Youth Council, Inc. began serving the children and families of Hays County in 1986. As a private, non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation, GSMYC is dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families through a variety of services such as emergency shelter, counseling services, parenting classes, crisis intervention and child abuse prevention. These programs are funded in part by the Department of Family and Protective Services, United Way, local city and county governments and private contributions.

The Children’s Shelter operated by GSMYC, provides a stable, non- judgmental atmosphere to children who have been abused, abandoned and/or neglected. GSMYC’s shelter is licensed by the Department of Family and Protective Services as a 16 bed emergency shelter for children under the age of 18.

The Vacation Bible School total attendance for the four day event this week was as follows:

Total attendance for four days 339

Total Children attending 152

Total Adults attending 187

Average per day 85

The children brought food and other supplies all week to help area youth not as fortunate as they are in San Marcos. Representatives from the GSMYC, Nina Meadows and Mary Hill, were on hand to receive the children’s donations which added up to more than two hundred dollars and over two hundred and fifty pounds of cereal and foods which the children requested on their wish list.

Lori Sims, Operations Director for the Youth Shelter said, “This is extremely beneficial to our group, we appreciate all that Christ The Redeemer has done for us over the years.”

Did you know that your contribution can make a difference?

* $10.00 buys one gift for a child (Birthday or Christmas)
* $20.00 buys 1 year of school supplies for a child
* $50.00 sends 10 children on a field trip or special activity
* $75.00 will buy socks and undergarments for 10 children
* $100.00 provides 6 weeks of counseling for a child
* $500.00 buys one month of food for 15 children

Gary Smith, Pastor of Christ The Redeemer Church, said “The vacation bible school grew in attendance each night, it mirrors our commitment to serve our community and the area residents in need.”

For more information about donations or volunteering your time to GSMYC, please call 512.754.0500 or send email to

from Staff Reports

Pic by Rusti Barnett

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0 thoughts on “GSMYC Benefits From CTRC Vacation Bible School

  1. Excellent article about the San Marcos Youth Center. Your coverage and article benefits the entire community, particularly those youth who are in need of the Youth Center now and in the future. Keep up the great work, Newstreamz staff!

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