Many low-income youth across the Valley have to start school without even the most basic necessities: a backpack, socks without holes and properly fitting clothes and shoes. But every year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix Back-to-School Shopping event helps to ensure that some of these kids get the basics so they can enter the classroom confident and ready to learn.
More than 100 kids from all 12 Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix locations are selected to attend based on their level of need and outstanding character. During the event, kids are paired with a board member who will take them to dinner and shopping for new clothes, shoes and necessities for the new school year. Each participant will also receive a new backpack stuffed full of school supplies.
Each child goes home with a minimum of $250 worth of clothing and supplies.
Here are some scenes from prior years’ events:
This year’s shopping event will be help from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Paradise Valley Mall- JCPenney, 4568 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix enables all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Every year, thousands of children benefit from youth development programs, extended services and community support programs through our 12 clubhouses, dental clinic and outreach programs. Visit bgcmp.org for more information.