With the new school year set to start back up this month, Publix Super Markets has organized its "School Tools for Cool Kids" donation program to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County.
From now through Sunday, Aug. 24, all Publix stores throughout Lee County will have a special display set up where those interested may take a donation ticket worth $5, $7 or $10 and a complimentary reusable bag to bring to checkout. The cashier will add the chosen amount to your grocery total and ring up the bag as free. Publix then uses the donations to purchase school supplies from its vendors, such as notebooks, pens, crayons, markers, colored pencils, loose-leaf paper, folders, scissors and glue, and later deliver them to the five area locations of the BGCLC.
"This partnership the Boys & Girls Clubs has with Publix and its donation program has occurred for the past 10 years," said Shannon Lane, chief professional officer of the BGCLC. "We're grateful for the company's and the community's continued support in helping our youth succeed in school with the tools needed to do so."
The BGCLC plans to share its donations with Title I schools in Lee County and other United Way local agencies such as the Children's Advocacy Center and the African Caribbean American Center (AFCAAM).
In order to keep the program well organized and running smoothly and effectively, Publix cannot accept supply donations and can only accept donations within the three designated donation levels. If anyone wishes to donate more than those given amounts, he or she is welcome to make a larger donation by using multiple tickets and/or a combination of all three levels.
Celebrating 40 years of providing quality youth programs and brighter futures for young people in the Lee County community, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County works to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The BGCLC strives to provide a safe, world-class club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through its doors. The organization envisions all of its members graduating high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character, citizenship while adapting a healthy lifestyle.
The area's five clubs are located in communities with the greatest need where similar services are limited or nonexistent. Membership dues are $10 per school year so that all children can have access to its programs. The BGCLC relies upon the philanthropic support of individuals, corporations and foundations in order to sustain and grow its services.
For more information about the BGCLC, call 239-334-1886, or visit www.BGCLC.net.