Each year across the nation many children start or return to school without the needed school supplies and new clothes to feel confident and successful. In an effort to combat this issue, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale – thanks to a generous donation by local civic leaders Michael and Ellie Ziegler – helped 1,000 youth in need to shop for back-to-school items during 30 Days of Shopping events in July, which kicked off this past weekend and will continue into August.
Youth selected for the events are Club members and identified to participate in the events based on greatest need.
During the events, the selected youth receive $100 Kohl’s gift cards to pick out clothing and other back to school necessities at Kohl’s stores located in Scottsdale and Phoenix.
“All children, regardless of socio-economic factors, deserve the opportunity to start the school year off on a positive note and on an even playing field,” says Ellie Ziegler.
The events also included members at the Club’s Peach Springs Branch (located on the Hualapai Indian Community in Northern Arizona) to shop at the Kohl’s Flagstaff location.
In addition to the generous donation by the Zieglers, volunteers from organizations such as Kohl’s, Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club and Valley of the Sun Active 20-30 Club have been participating in this important community event for more than 10 years.
“Thanks to the compassion and generosity of the Zieglers, community partners and volunteers, 1,000 children in our community will be able to shop with dignity and actually enjoy preparing for the upcoming school year,” says Boys & Girls Clubs’ Davidson.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, celebrating its 60th Anniversary throughout 2014, empowers 17,800 youth of all ages and backgrounds to develop the qualities needed to reach their full potential as productive, responsible citizens. The Club provides a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship and athletics, and high-impact youth development programs during critical non-school hours.
Clubs are located in cities and on Native American lands in the greater Scottsdale area and promote academic success, positive character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit www.bgcs.org.