Boys and Girls Club Happenings

Tony Pierce of Snowy Mountain Motors presents a check for the “Ford Focus on Hunger” grant.

Photo courtesy of Shila Fischer

From Christina Stomm, program

director:

Greetings. Part of what I do here is not only the art aspect, but also a helping hands aspect. How can we help others? We often pick the brains of the fourth–sixth-graders on this topic. They have come up with some great ideas. Making cards, picking up garbage and making care packages for soldiers are just a few of the ideas they had. Although all of these are great ideas, sometimes it is out of our reach for one reason or another. We may not be able to do it but sometimes it will spark an idea in another and so on.

The idea of making care packages for soldiers ignited another idea. What can we do locally? So, I suggested that we do “survival kits” and give them out. Now we just had to decide to whom. Teachers were the first choice, but then, I wanted to do something for all elementary school staff, because everyone plays a role for our youth to be successful.

Then I wanted to also acknowledge the fire department, law enforcement and their supporting staff. Again, they all play a role. Most often these individuals are given a negative outlook. Why? Well, because it’s their job; we see them when there is a fire, when we get a speeding ticket, and unfortunately for reasons that are a little more personal. However, who do we call when we need help? So I wanted to create a situation where members could sit, visit and share breakfast with some of these individuals in a safe, comfortable environment. The decision was made to have appreciation breakfasts for each group on two different Saturday mornings. During this breakfast we will hand out our survival kits the kids put together and say thank you.

From Crystal Tyler, office manager

The Ford Motor Company Fund and local Ford Dealers donated more than $100,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho, Montana and Alaska to help feed children during the holidays. This donation was in response to the increased demand for nutritious meals during the holidays, when many children lose access to school nutrition programs. It was estimated that nearly 24 percent of children are unsure how their next meal will be provided.

Sixty-six clubs across the five-state region received Ford Fund grants ranging from $1,000 to $1,200 as part of the Ford Focus on Child Hunger campaign. This donation expanded the previously launched campaign and increased the number of children who benefit from this hunger initiative. The money was used to provide meals and snacks at the Clubs during the holiday season. With holiday school closures, the Boys and Girls Clubs see a seasonal increase in the number of kids needing services.

The Boys and Girls Club of Lewistown was fortunate to be able to collaborate with Snowy Mountain Motors to receive this grant for our Club. Club members visited Tony and the gang at the dealership to receive the ceremonial check, as well as to tour and check out what goes on at the dealership. Without this support from great companies, we would not be able to do all the great things we do for the youth of our community.

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