1,000 Boys & Girls Club Youth Receive Holiday Gifts from Donors

HOUSTON, TX - This holiday season, over 4,000 gifts were donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston (BGCGH) through the organization's program, Santa Project. Around 1,000 children and teens ages 6-17 will receive clothes, shoes, toys, and educational items thanks to incredibly generous corporations and individuals.
 
For over 10 years, BGCGH's Santa Project has provided individuals and corporations a way to give back to families in the community. Parents and guardians of children who attend a Boys & Girls Club submit wish lists for their children, and these specific lists are then distributed to donors. Each donor knows the name, age and preferences of the child they are "adopting" for the holidays.
 
Once the organization receives the donated items, the parents pick up the gifts to give to their children as if they were given by Santa. This keeps the magic in the holiday season for families. Many of BGCGH's families participating in Santa Project were also affected by Hurricane Harvey. This program allows parents and guardians to focus on rebuilding and recovering while knowing that their children have clothes and toys under the tree this year.
 
"Santa Project shows the generosity and kindness of this community," Kevin Hattery, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, said. "Over 1,000 generous people in Houston decided to spend money and time purchasing and wrapping gifts for a child in need, and in turn, greatly impacted these children's lives this holiday season. We are so grateful."
 
Top sponsors this year include Pappas Restaurants, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Spark Energy, Kirksey Architecture, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, the Boys & Girls Clubs Young Professionals Organization, DPR Construction, Sysco Corporation, Deloitte, Stantec and Zachry Engineering.
 
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston
For 65 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston has been the Houston area's leading youth development organization, achieving an enviable record of creatively engaging, educating and empowering a large number of low-income young people in ways that positively impact their lives and improve their chances of achieving and sustaining academic and economic success.www.bgcgh.org

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