From left: Tom Mason, president board of trustees Camp Mason; John Gianacaci, Christine’s Hope For Kids; Kate Bech, Princeton Family YMCA CEO; Jean Gianacaci, Christine’s Hope For Kids; Dianz Zita, Hamilton Area YMCA CEO; Douglas Pszczolkowski, Hopewell Valley YMCA CEO; Samuel Frisby, Trenton YMCA CEO

Thanks to the generosity of Jean and John Gianacaci of the Christine’s Hope For Kids Foundation, five Central Jersey YMCAs will have the ability to help families in need participate in summer camp this year.

Christine’s Hope For Kids has donated $5,000 to Camp Mason, Hamilton Area YMCA, Hopewell Valley YMCA, Princeton Family YMCA and Trenton YMCA.

In the eight years since the Gianacacis have been donating to the YMCAs on behalf of Christine’s Hope For Kid’s, they have donated $250,000 to benefit children who otherwise might not be able to participate in Y summer camp. In addition to the financial support, Christine’s Hope For Kids also donated camp bags filled with essentials like sunglasses and a towel, necessities that are often hard to come by for families struggling to get by.

“We began to wonder what we had donated to the YMCAs and when we added up it we could hardly believe this accomplishment,” Jean said. “We’re fortunate to have many donors and volunteers who are the heart of Christine’s Hope For Kids, and we’re thrilled that we have had the ability to make such an impact on children at the YMCA.”

Christine’s Hope was established in 2010, after the Gianacaci’s daughter, Christine was killed in a devastating earthquake while doing mission work in Haiti. As a tribute to Christine’s generous spirit and to her desire to help underprivileged children, Christine’s Hope For Kids Foundation was born.

Christine’s Hope For Kids supports numerous organizations in their quest to for children to just be kids and runs numerous fundraisers to support their Foundation. For more information about book fairs, pajama days, pennies from heaven and more, visit