Toosen Family

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The Toosen Family

When you walk into the Hoover branch of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham, you are likely to see a member of the Tooson family. This expanded family of seven is a testament to the kindness of a community coming together to create triumph in the midst of heartbreak. 

Four children of this remarkable family lost both parents in the space of a little over a year. Their uncle, a Birmingham police officer, and his wife and their 8 year old son gladly opened their home and hearts to the children aged 11, 12, 16 and 18.  

They realized they were going to have to make some changes to their schedules as well as find community partners to help make sure the children were not just looked after, but welcomed and encouraged. The Hoover branch answered the call for help, opening their doors, and their hearts, to help strengthen this amazing family in spirit, mind and body. 

The Tooson clan enjoys sports, working out, and swimming at the Y, but Officer Tooson is quick to say “the best thing about the membership the Y gave us is the friendly faces and the way everyone embraced our family. The facilities are also very nice!”     


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