EDINA, MINN. – April 3, 2012 – Abbey’s Hope recently awarded $35,000 in grants to the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities in support of the YMCA’s Water Safety Instruction Program. This partnership, in its third year, allows local children from immigrant and low-income backgrounds to be equipped with basic water safety skills and awareness.

“We’ve been a proud partner of the YMCA for the past several years and we’re excited to assist in its continued promotion of pool and spa safety” said Katey Taylor, co-founder of Abbey’s Hope and mother of Abbey Taylor, who died in 2008 as a result of injuries sustained in an improperly maintained pool drain cover. 

Funding from Abbey’s Hope will also help underwrite costs for transporting children to and from the YMCA for the program. In addition to water safety skills, the program focuses on the importance of entrapment prevention and active supervision when children are in and around pools. More than 2,400 children participated in 2011. 

“Over the past three years, support from Abbey’s Hope has made a difference in the lives of thousands of children in the Twin Cities community,” said Shannon Kinstler, aquatics program director for the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities. “With this support, the YMCA can provide children with more than 200 minutes of swim and water safety education, free of charge.”

Since 2008, Abbey’s Hope has granted more than $85,000 to Twin Cities-based swimming, and pool and spa safety organizations.

About Abbey’s Hope:
Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation is a Minnesota nonprofit organization named after Abbey Taylor, the Edina, Minn., 6-year-old who died in 2008 as a result of injuries sustained in an improperly maintained pool drain cover.

The Foundation’s goal is to:

  • Promote awareness of and education related to child safety issues, including educating pool owners, operators, inspectors, and the general public about the dangers of pool entrapment, evisceration and drowning and the need for physical inspections of pool equipment.
  • Work with the pool and spa industry to improve the design of its products, packaging and warning labels, and assist in the development of product safety standards related to such products.
  • Identify and provide support and assistance to organizations and programs that help educate parents, children, and pool and spa manufacturers about the prevention of entrapment and traditional forms of drowning.  

Find out more about Abbey’s Hope at http://abbeyshope.org.

The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.

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