Lake County East End YMCA conducting donation drive for Sub Zero Mission

Feb. 3—A local organization specializing in physical fitness is putting its muscle behind a program to benefit Sub Zero Mission.

The Lake County East End YMCA is spearheading a drive to collect items needed by Sub Zero Mission to help keep the homeless warm during the winter.

"With the weather being cold, it is a good time to do a charity event for Sub Zero Mission," said Teresa George, healthy living director at the East End Y.

From now through Feb. 17, the East End Y, as well as the Lake County Central and West End YMCAs, have set up collection boxes for specific items requested by Sub Zero Mission. These items are gently used or new winter hats, boots, gloves, coats, sleeping bags and tents, and new socks.

Donors can drop off these items at the East End Y, located at 730 North Lake St. in Madison Village; the Central Y, 933 Mentor Ave. in Painesville; and West End Y, 36909 Ridge Road in Willoughby.

Meanwhile, the East End Y only is holding a dance charity event from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17 to support Sub Zero Mission.

"Come ready to sweat and join us for a dance workout," an East End Y Facebook post stated.

Participants will be admitted free to the event by donating needed items to Sub Zero Mission.

"If people want to attend, we are asking them to pre-register so that we have a headcount," George said. "They can bring their donation the day of (the Feb. 17 dance workout)."

At the event, the East End Y will provide participants with grab-and-go snacks, and give away prizes that include gift certificates, goodie bags and a one-month free Lake County YMCA membership.

Sub Zero Mission, which is headquartered in Painesville Township, provides winter warming items for the homeless and connects homeless veterans with resources available to them.

The nonprofit organization distributes these items to the homeless in cities that include Painesville, Cleveland and Ashtabula. Sub Zero Mission's delivery team members, called Blue Coat Missionaries, also travel annually to Erie, Buffalo, Columbus, Akron, Youngstown and Pittsburgh.