Retailers team up to support Boys & Girls Clubs during holidays


Submitted to the Leominster Champion
December 11, 2015

This holiday season, retailers are rallying around Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to support the gift of a great future for kids and teens around the country. Sixteen BGCA partners will donate and encourage their customers to donate to the organization now through January 2016. 

More than 4,100 Boys & Girls Clubs around the country serve nearly 4 million youth each year enabling them to achieve a great future. The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster works with more than 600 local youth each year, giving them a safe place to go after school and introducing them to quality science and engineering programs.

Companies supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America this holiday season include Aaron’s, Inc., America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, The Bon-Ton Stores, Bridgestone Retail Operations, Buffalo Wild Wings, Disney Store, Family Dollar, Gap Inc., Nordstrom, Old Navy, Powerade, Specialized, SurveyMonkey, Toyota, UGG Australia and UPS.

For more details on partners that support BGCA’s holiday programs and how to participate, visit www.GreatFutures.org.

“We are grateful to our corporate partners who give so generously throughout the year, and especially during the holiday season,” said Julie Teer, senior vice president, resource development at BGCA. “We thank the thousands of caring customers at these retailers who donate to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, during the holidays or in any season, to give the gift of a great future to our nation’s kids and teens.”

BGCA supports America’s youth who are most in need during the out-of-school time. Clubs around the country provide hope and opportunity to young people who might not have caring mentors or even a place to do their homework. The organization, which has enabled young people to achieve a great future for more than 100 years, estimates that there are 16 million living Club alumni in the United States.

No matter the season, BGCA encourages everyone to engage in community service and giving. Visit GreatFutures.org to learn more about how to give back throughout the holidays and the rest of the year.

Established in 2001, the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster (BGCFL) is a chartered member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. It follows the BGCA five core areas for youth development: Career development, Character and Leadership Development, Health and Life Skills, Sports, Fitness and Recreation. A nonprofit organization, BGCFL is unique from other local organizations in that it offers after-school and summer programming focused in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).