Donations keep city pools open during hard times

July 8, 2009 (ALEXANDRIA, Ind.) Youngsters in Alexandria, Ind., sold cookies and stuffed piggy banks -- inspiring business owners and older folks to also donate, bringing in just over $40,000 to replace the city pool's leaking liner.

A citywide campaign in Philadelphia has netted $620,000, allowing more than half of the pools to stay open. A church in Toledo, Ohio, donated $5,000 for an inner city water playground.

Vanessa Hosier led efforts to save the pool in Alexandria, a town of about 6,000 people. She says the park wouldn't have been complete without the pool and that organizers wanted the children to believe they could save it.

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