SPRING HILL - Those who attended the Hernando County Family YMCA's fifth annual arts and crafts festival on Saturday did more than just buy a handcrafted gift.
Event coordinator Kathy Kissell said every dollar generated by the event goes into the organization's Community Support Fund.
"The YMCA is a charity, and a lot of people don't know it's a charity," Kissell said. Kissell said the community fund benefits programs for the community, such as a water safety class for every kindergartener in Hernando County.
The program aims to deter drowning by giving the children tips on how to be comfortable in the water and what to do during an emergency. Kissell said the water safety program and many other classes offered at the YMCA are all about "youth development" and "strengthening the foundation of our community."
About 25 vendors participated in the craft show, with goods ranging from copper statutes to hand-made soaps.
Kissell said local businesses were eager to get involved with the event, which is being held for the first time in the fall. Last year's festival raised about $1,000, Kissell said.
More information is available by calling (352) 688-9622 or online at http://www.ymcasuncoast .org/locations/hernando -county-branch.