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BGCAA having school supply drive for students displaced by Harvey

FROM BOYS & GRILS CLUBS OF THE AUSTIN AREA

AUSTIN, TEXAS (Aug. 31, 2017) – Austinites are invited to help support relief and rebuilding efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey by participating in a school supply drive-through and drop-off donation event hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA). The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at BGCAA’s club at LBJ High School at 7309 Lazy Creek Drive in Austin.

 

BGCAA will be collecting school and club supplies to assist in the transition and rebuilding efforts for Club kids, their families and Clubs throughout hurricane-ravaged areas along the Texas Gulf Coast. Austin residents are invited to make donations online here or participate in the drive-through supply drive to contribute the following items:
 

  • Backpacks
  • Lunch boxes
  • Scale calculators
  • Folders, binders, notebooks and crayons
  • Boxes of tissue
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Board games
  • Gift cards

 

BGCAA has received an outpouring of support and concern from numerous Clubs across the country—including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County in Madison, Wisconsin. The Dane County agency collected items from Wisconsin residents and businesses—and will deliver one semi truck filled with nearly 150,000 donated items to LBJ High School on Saturday at 10 a.m. Costs for the delivery are being sponsored by American Family Insurance and The JJ Watt Foundation. The collaborative effort underscores the solidarity among Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide as well as between BGCAA’s CEO Misti Potter and BGC Dane County’s CEO Michael Johnson.

 

All donations from Greater Austin and Wisconsin will be sorted by BGCAA staff and volunteers at LBJ High School and loaded into trucks for immediate delivery to shelters in Austin, Bastrop County, San Antonio and Corpus Christi.

 

“When you’re in human services, all you want to do is help. Right now, travel to Houston and the surrounding areas is difficult—so we are doing everything we can to assist with the immediate relief efforts. Plus, we are preparing for future needs when families transition back into their homes and kids go back to their clubs,” said BGCAA CEO Misti Potter. “We appreciate the compassion and efforts of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Madison, and it’s an honor for our BGCAA team to be able to lock arms with them to get donations to those needing them now and in the days ahead.”    

 

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA) is Austin’s leading youth development agency currently serving more than 12,000 kids via 28 Clubs and four outreach programs. 2017 marks BGCAA’s 50th year in the Austin area, a benchmark measured by thousands of local youth success stories. Club youth participate in high-impact development programs that, when compared to non-club youth, result in better school attendance, better grades, higher graduation rates and a higher likelihood of attending college. Through support from local individuals, businesses and BGCAA Staff, Club youth are given the tools and opportunities to create great futures. www.bgcaustin.org  
 

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