GL Homes and Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County officially launched its annual holiday gift drive to collect toys and teen-appropriate gifts for Club members at 17 Boys & Girls Clubs in Palm Beach County. The gift drive launched November 1 and will run until December 11, to ensure that gifts are collected and distributed in time for all Clubs to host traditional holiday parties.
With new economic pressures due to inflation many local families can not afford to provide their children with gifts for the holidays. Strong community support is needed now, more than ever, to guarantee that hundreds of children are able to experience a special and memorable holiday season, despite current ecomnic pressures.
“The holidays are right around the corner and we need to act quickly to collect enough toys and gifts for these deserving children and teens. Inflation is eating into every dollar families try to save and unfortunately, holiday stockings stuffed with toys may not fit into the family budget,” stated GL Homes Senior Director of Community Relations Sarah Alsofrom.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is counting on the generosity of community partners in donating new and unwrapped gifts to make sure the holidays are bright for hundreds of Club members. Currently, 95% of Club members live at or below the federal poverty level and depend on the Clubs for extra assistance. Many of the areas where Clubs are strategically located are still recovering due to economic problems caused by the pandemic.
“Our annual holiday gift drive is important because we believe in making sure that our Club members are happy. For most members, this will be their only chance to receive a gift this season,” said Preisdent and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Jaene Miranda. “The holidays is a special time of year and our goal is to make this ti.me a memorable one, especially with the challenges that our Club members face daily. We’re truly counting on the support of the community to help us in making the holidays magical for our youth.”
This year the GL Homes and Boys & Girls Club Holiday Gift Drive will have multiple in-person drop-off sites with support of community partners. Participants also have the option to donate virtually by visiting the Clubs’ online Amazon gift registry and purchasing items that will be shipped directly to the Clubs.
2022 Holiday Gift Drive Participants
The Starboard Group at Coldwell Banker
Ground Control Martial Arts
Senior Posse Inc.
Spicer Jefferies LLP
Rocking Horse Foundation
Spirit of Giving
Boca West Foundation
Junior League of Palm Beaches
Christopher Aguirre Memorial Foundation