Submitted to Branson Globe
In this time of uncertainty, there’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope - together we can do extraordinary things.
On Tuesday, May 5, the Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving. The Club, even through crisis, continues to do whatever it takes to support kids – especially those who need us most. Club professionals continue to develop virtual programs, create interactive and social experiences while providing fun, educational videos and activity packets for kids. These packets can be found on their BGCO AT HOME webpage. BGCO AT HOME contains downloadable activity packets, community resources and links to social media channels like YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
“Now more than ever, because of social distancing, kids need someone to talk to and engage with, someone they trust and have already built a relationship with,” said Patrick Stewart, director of operations. “We are continuing to reach out to our families, identifying need – whether it is social, educational or food related – and we are doing our best to fill any voids for the kids and families who need it most here in our community.”
The Club continues to prepare daily meals from the Branson Unit, distributing them Monday-Friday, 4-5 p.m. Due to our existing relationships with families living in rural poverty, we have been able to identify and fulfill service gaps due to transportation, resource awareness or simply fear of the unknown.
The Club invites you to visit their Facebook page at 10 a.m. on May 5, for a LIVE Virtual Experience of the Club. Throughout the day, you will hear from the staff, board of directors, volunteers and member families, about the services offered and what the Club is doing to safely prepare for opening their blue doors once state and local officials give approval for parents to return to work.
“The Club serves an average of 550 kids every day after school at our three units in Branson, Forsyth and Reeds Spring,” said Stoney Hays, CEO. “Before COVID-19, kids were receiving homework help, participating in physical activities, communicating with caring, adult mentors, learning about future career opportunities and enjoying a warm meal – every day at the Club after school. Just imagine what it is like for some of our kids right now. Frankly, many have been in a state of crisis due to abuse and neglect long before COVID-19. The Club is a safe and affordable place where every child can grow, learn and play and we will be ready to welcome them back with open arms for Summer Membership.”
Join the #GivingTuesdayNow movement by supporting the Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks on May 5 via Facebook (@bgcozarks) or visit its website: www.bgcozarks.org. Share with your friends and family about why you believe in their work and encourage them to support the Club. For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks contact Hays at 417-335-2089, firstname.lastname@example.org or Stewart at email@example.com.