It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to Give Back!
As we all know, the holiday season has already arrived; Thanksgiving has come and gone, and there are just over 3 weeks left until Christmas! This year Holiday Inn University wants to kick off our “Holiday Inn Gives Back” program for the upcoming 2016 year. In collaboration with Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County, we are proud to announce that we will be a drop-off site for their annual toy drive, benefitting underprivileged children this holiday season!
A Little History
Since 1949, the Club has provided positive educational, recreational, leadership, and sports programming for youth via quality after-school programs, a summer camp, and additional afternoon programming during the summer for all members. These programs and services are designed to build character and strengthen life skills, resulting in a healthy and safer community. The Clubs are staffed by paid, highly trained youth development professionals. Through a system of informal guidance, Club staff form strong bonds with young people and help them make smart choices in life. For many Club members and parents, Club staff members are the most influential positive adult role models in their lives. The Club’s programs foster a sense of belonging, and competence that builds self-confidence and self-esteem.
Following guidance from the Boys & Girls Club Movement, the Club implements programs in five core areas: The Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation; Character and Leadership Development; Health and Life Skills; and Education and Career Development, all in the hopes to fulfill their mission to inspire and empower the youth of Alachua County to realize their full potential to become responsible, healthy, productive and successful citizens.
(from the official website of Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County)
How to “Give Back”
This year, you can help make a difference for a child during the holidays. Holiday Inn University Center will be displaying a drop-off box—along with our festive holiday décor—in the lobby of our hotel. All you have to do is bring in new, unwrapped toys, books, clothing, or gift cards for children of all ages, and every week from now through the end of December we will drop off the goods at the BGC local office. Donations are welcome all month long from anyone wanting to help a child in need!
Want to give back some more?!
Book any group or meeting during the month of December and we’ll also donate a portion of the proceeds to the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County!
**All donations and proceeds are eligible for charitable deduction on your income tax returns. Please donate M-F between 9am-5pm to receive your form**
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