East Meets West in BCNY’s Bicoastal Hurricane Sandy Relief Supply Drive

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The Boys’ Club of New York joins forces with Bacich Elementary School in California to collect clothing and supplies for Hurricane Sandy victims

"Let's do it." said Megan Vandeventer, MSW and BCNY's Chief of Staff.

This giving season, BCNY is proud to be working with Bacich Elementary School in Kentfield, California, to collect clothing, towels, flashlights, and other supplies desperately needed by people still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

Moved by the country’s efforts to help New York and New Jersey recover, Jeff Kubiak, Assistant Principal of Bacich Elementary School, reached out the BCNY to find out how he and his students could help. After brainstorming with Megan Vandeventer, BCNY’s Chief of Staff, they decided to have a bicoastal supply drive.

More than just a clothing drive, this relief effort exemplifies the spirit of the season: gratitude and giving. People from the West Coast to the East Coast are pulling together to help those in greater need than themselves. Children in California, who only know of Sandy’s effect from what they’ve seen on TV or read in newspaper headlines, are just as stirred as BCNY’s members here, who experienced the storm firsthand. The synergy of these two communities of kids working together is inspiring.

From Monday, November 26 through Friday, December 7, members at all three BCNY Clubhouses will be bringing in gently used clothing, new toiletries, and cleaning supplies—all resources that many of the hurricane’s victims are desperate for. Across the country, Bacich Elementary students will be doing the same thing in their homerooms and offices. Together, BCNY and Bacich hope to be able to provide hundreds of families with the essentials many take for granted.

In addition, DHL has volunteered to ship all of Bacich’s donations to BCNY for free, making our combined impact that much more powerful. Once BCNY receives Bacich’s contributions, everything will be donated to Occupy Sandy and the Red Cross.

BCNY hopes to arrange a Skype call with kids from Bacich, so that the two groups can speak to each other and learn how each coast is hoping to make a difference for the Sandy sufferers.

About the Boys’ Club
The Boys’ Club of New York is the nation’s oldest boys club, founded in 1876. Through its clubhouses and summer camp, BCNY offers programs that help youth stay in school and go on to college, discover their individual musical and artistic talents, develop healthy bodies, and just have fun. Over 75% of BCNY members live at or below the national poverty line. For membership dues of only $5 a year, the members have access to gyms, swimming pools, computer labs, music studios, and a host of activities that they enjoy and that enrich their lives. BCNY helps build boys into men of character with strong values, discipline, and a positive perspective that counters the negative forces found on city streets.

About Bacich Elementary School
A.G. Bacich Elementary School is located in Kentfield, California, within the Kentfield School District, and serves approximately 650 K – 4th graders a year. Known for its strong instructional program and core academics as well as visual and performing arts, health and physical education, and computer education, Bacich Elementary School is committed to the highest quality instructional program. Parents, teacher, and administrators are involved in regular assessment of program quality and on-going program development to better address the needs of our students and to remain in alignment with the California State Frameworks and State and National Standards. To learn more about Bacich Elementary School, please visit their website.

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If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with BCNY, please call Helen Frank at 347.505.5416 or e-mail Helen at Helen(dot)Frank(at)bcny(dot)org.

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