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Boys & Girls Clubs join kids for back-to-school shopping spree

7/28/2015

SCOTTSDALE – On July 12, Foothills-area members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Thunderbirds Branch joined 180 total children at Kohl’s in Desert Ridge for a back-to-school shopping spree, courtesy of the organization’s ‘30 Days of Shopping’ initiative.

 “In an effort to prevent children in the area from starting school behind their peers, we’ve partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and aim to help a total of 1,000 in-need youth shop for back-to-school items over the next 30 days,” said local civic leader Ellie Ziegler, who with her husband Michael is sponsoring the program. “All children, regardless of socio-economic factors, deserve the opportunity to start the school year off on a positive note and on an even playing field.”

The July 12 kick-off event also included a surprise visit from former Arizona Cardinal and one-time Club kid Mark May. The shopping initiative will continue through August. Selected youth from the Clubs, including additional children from the Foothills area, will each receive $100 Kohl’s gift cards to pick out clothing and other needed items for the new school year. Youth selected for the events are members and identified based on greatest need.

As well as helping prepare children for the upcoming school year, the events allow community partners and businesses to engage directly with youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

“Volunteers from organizations such as Kohl’s, Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club and Valley of the Sun Active 20-30 Club have participated in this important community event for more than 10 years,” said Steve Davison of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “This year, to have one couple step up and ensure so many Club members get what they need for the new school year is truly inspiring.”

For more information, visit www.bgcs.org.