YMCA receives generous donation from area Taco Bell restaurants

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The YMCA of Rapid City received $7,350 dollars from Rapid City Taco Bell stores Monday, Sept.11th, 2017.

Twice a year, the fast food giant starts major fundraising campaigns with this one focusing on the future leaders of tomorrow. They asked their customers to donate at lease $1 dollar to their Taco Bell Foundation. They chose the YMCA because of their North Teen Center After School Program. The money will help the YMCA to continue to improve or create new programs for area teenagers.

"Oh it's so awesome it makes it all just worthwhile," said Scott Benney, a manager at an area Taco Bell. "It makes all the work we put in, having our team members pumping them up and getting them going, it's just an awesome feeling."

"We just love helping the teens. We want them to commit to staying in school, to commit to graduating, to be our future," said Pam Hare, an area coach for Border Foods.

The YMCA North Teen Center is not only meant for activities such as basketball or doing craft work, but according to their Executive Director Roger Gallimore, it's about building longstanding relationships in a safe and positive environment.