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Boys and Girls Club of Utah County to hold clothing drive

December 27, 2018
Alex Gale, left, leads a STEM class as Isabella Leach, right, and other students observe at the Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Provo.

This Christmas, 247 children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Utah County have received new winter clothing, boots, clothes and toys thanks to the generosity of local individuals, families and companies.

Now, the Boys and Girls Club, in conjunction with Brigham Young University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, are holding their own clothing drive.

The clubs would like to invite others in the community to join in. Volunteer opportunities are available to those who would like to help organize and implement the clothing drive.

The drive will be held throughout most of January, and those who would like to have their own drive to help out the Boys and Girls Club are encouraged to help.

Donations needed include: clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, accessories, CDs, DVDs, electrical items, toys, games, kitchen items, knick-knacks, and sporting goods. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 21, at the BYU Ernest L. Wilkinson Student Center, 1 Campus Drive, Provo.

According to Valenzuela, the proceeds from the clothing driving will benefit children in the local chapter of Boys & Girls Clubs.

The children in the club are in constant need of clothing and supplies donations. This holiday season the donations helped clothe children throughout the county.

“It has been an amazing experience to partner with so many generous companies, employees, families, and individuals,” said Shanni Call, Director of Operations in a press release. “We wouldn’t have been able to meet the needs of so many of our Club members without all this support.”

Acumen Learning has partnered with the club for the past two years. This year, Acumen Learning provided clothing and toys for 43 kids from two different club locations.

“This is such a great program,” said Steve Call, Director of Business Development at Acumen Learning. “We love serving kids in need that are right around us. We hope to make this a Christmas tradition for our company.”

JCPenney provided 25 club kids with a giving spree. Each child was accompanied by a parent or family member and had the opportunity to spend $100 on clothes, coats and gifts for themselves and family members.

“The shopping spree really helped the families in my program, especially those who recently moved to the United States,” said Sarah Jensen, program director. This shopping event is just one of the ways that JCPenney is helping close the opportunity gap for youth in our community.

The club accepts donations and volunteers on a year-round basis.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Jasen Valenzuela with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Utah County at (385) 955-0525 or at jasenv@bgcutah.org.

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