GL Homes and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County officially launched their annual holiday gift drive to collect toys and teen-appropriate gifts for club members at the 17 Boys & Girls Clubs in Palm Beach County. The gift drive launched Nov. 1 and will run until Dec. 11.
With new economic pressures due to inflation, many local families cannot 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.
“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,” said GL Homes Senior Director of Community Relations Sarah Alsofrom.
The 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 percent 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 Jaene Miranda, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. “The holidays are a special time of year, and our goal is to make this time 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.”
For a list of drop-off sites, and the online gift registry, visit www.bgcpbc.org/2022/10/31/support-our-holiday-gift-drive.