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Thumbs up to our community!

on Tuesday, 25 October 2016. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

It’s been a remarkable few weeks at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area. In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, some of our Clubs were able to reopen and provide safe and constructive activities for children whose schools were still closed. Because of power outages, our usual source of lunches and snacks was unable to provide food for those attending. But a group of teachers and other personnel from Florence School District One stepped into the breach.

Knowing that their students might not have anything to eat, they gathered snacks, drinks, and sandwich fixings, met at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and assembled over 200 bag lunches to feed these hungry kids until schools could reopen. Our thanks to the church for providing a space for the project, and to all of the FSD1 personnel who helped, especially Richard McCabe, the organizer of this much needed and much appreciated donation.

Another awesome group of visitors were the “Lowe’s Heroes,” who came to the Florence Club with several large items for us to use at our Clubs: metal shelving, utility carts, and a large storage box full of recreation items such as footballs and hula hoops. They also left staff with two toolboxes full of handy tools to use for repairs around the various Club facilities.

On Oct. 19, America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses (ABCE) set up at the Florence Boys & Girls Club to conduct a vision screening for over 100 youngsters. About 40 were then referred to the ABCE local office for further screening, where they will also get free lenses and frames, if needed. Good vision is so important to school success, and we appreciate this very important partnership between ABCE and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Finally, on Oct. 20 a whole team from the Florence Kids Foot Locker store came with a DJ, door prizes, and a check for $5,000 from the Kids Foot Locker Foundation! Kids got t-shirts and water bottles just for being there, and five lucky youngsters won a pair of athletic shoes of their choosing. The event was the culmination of an in-store check-out campaign called “Add-A-Buck,” where customers donated $1, $3, or $5 at check-out throughout the month of September. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area was one of only 10 lucky clubs nationwide that each received this generous donation.

Thanks to all of these businesses who gave generously of their time, talent, and treasure to make life better for so many of the kids in our community!

Robb Sasser, Board Chairman Boys &

Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area

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