Stop by the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club, and you will be greeted by dozens of smiling faces. Why? Well, the After School Program at the Club is a place where a kid can be a kid. Over the last eight years, the Teddy Bear Suite has raised more than $171,000 for the program. Our attention is now focused solely on food. The Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Fundraiser supports Healthy Happy Kids which is a vital program making a real difference for hundreds of island kids and their families.
Each week, hundreds of Island kids spend their afternoons at the Club. Here, they can play with their friends, play in the gym, participate in homework club, get creative in the art room, and much more.
One of the most crucial programs provided at the Club after school is its Healthy Happy Kids. Not too long ago, children had to pay for snacks offered at the Club. However, then new executive director Jessie Damroth saw that wasn’t working. Kids were coming to the club hungry. With that hunger came a whole host of problems — inability to focus, frustration, and more.
Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Fundraiser Supports Healthy Happy Kids
Healthy Happy Kids was launched in 2016, and the Club has been a better place ever since. For the fourth year, the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Fundraiser is raising money for the MV Boys & Girls Club’s Healthy Happy Kids program.
We’ve supported and seen H2K in action over the past three years, seen it grow, and witness the difference it is making with the struggle of childhood hunger and food insecurity here on the Martha’s Vineyard. With substantial, nutritious snacks and cooked meals, the Club is now serving one in three Island public school children each day, with no extra cost to the kids or parents.
The Boys & Girls Club estimates it will cost $45,000 to run the program in the coming year. In 2018, we were able to raise the $45,000 and are working to raise that substantial dollar amount again. Every dollar donated goes directly to the Club. Point B has completely underwritten the cost of the #mvteddybearsuite.
Many of the children that come to the Club for the after school program, also receive assistance with food at school. If they are not eating at school or the Club, chances are there is a lack of food, especially nutritious good stuff, which the Club provides.
Healthy Happy Kids has become an integral part of the kids’ lives. They look forward to eating at the Club. Kids have begun getting involved with menu planning. Some are even learning how to cook.
The kids are also learning about nutrition and how to eat healthy. This is something that will serve them for the rest of their lives, and important in shaping their eating habits.
The program has expanded as well. There are bags of food that parents and kids can take home for the weekend. The bags of food include things like canned veggies, pasta sauce, pasta and more.
Island Grown Gleaning brings fresh Martha’s Vineyard grown veggies to the Club to be brought home. It’s a great way to continue those healthy eating habits at home.
Celebrate the spirit of the season by providing the most basic of needs to almost 800 Island school children. Together, we can help hundreds of Island kids know that they will not go hungry during the school week when they’re at the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club. Together we can help kids enjoy being kids. Click here to make a donation.
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