Fueled in part by some New Year’s Eve drink donations from the Harbor View Hotel, our fundraising count shows we have just hit $35,000!
We Did It – $35,000!
With your help and support, the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Fundraiser will now cover the entire cost of launching the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club’s new Healthy Happy Kids program that is targeting childhood hunger and food insecurity across the island.
So many have helped us with their donations that we have a separate thank you page. Click here to see who is helping fund this much-needed new program.
What is H2K?
This new initiative targets childhood hunger and poor nutrition that can be found in so many of the hundreds of kids that participate everyday in the Club’s After School Program.
Healthy Happy Kids requires $35,000 for funding and it is the goal of the Teddy Bear Suite drive to raise as much of that as possible — with your help, the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Fundraiser will now cover the majority — perhaps all — of the cost of this very important program!
One in four Island children is on reduced or free breakfast and lunch through the public school system. This is a staggering number of children who are in need of food for survival — which seems impossible, in such a beautiful place as Martha’s Vineyard.
However, it is true. But we are working hard to do something about it. Through all our various efforts — the actual Teddy Bear Suite, MVTeddyBearSuite.Com, events, and online donations — we are raising the money needed to help, and be a big part of the solution. Click here to DONATE NOW!
Nutritionally Sound Snacks & Meals
The Club now provides free food to all its after school children. Not just any food, but food that has been carefully selected to provide a full, balanced, nutritious meal. Each day offers something new — an oatmeal bar with lots of fresh fruit toppings, a whole wheat pasta bar with lots of toppings, etc.
This meal is a necessary gap between school and home for so many. After all, many children eat lunch as early as 11 a.m., leaving some without anything else to eat for the rest of the day. For some, lunch can be the last meal of the day, or at least the last meal with any nutritional value.
Every dollar counts, and every dollar makes a difference in the life of children, from all six Island towns. Thank you for helping so many children have the chance to be kids and not worry about where their food is coming from, at least during the week.