Roughly 500 Boys & Girls Clubs families will have Christmas dinner this year thanks to donations from Strack & Van Til, Indiana Beverage, MolsonCoors and Aunt Millie’s. Continuing an annual tradition, employees of each gathered at the John Will Anderson Boys & Girls Club in Gary to stuff bags with items like ham, corn, green beans, bread, macaroni and cheese and apple pie. Club staff then packed the food onto buses and drove them to each of the youth development organization’s ten Clubs in Porter and Lake counties.
Strack & Van Til CEO Jeff Strack said it was a privilege to give hundreds of Club families Christmas dinner.
“Strack & Van Til is proud to once again partner with Indiana Beverage, MolsonCoors and Aunt Millie’s for our annual Christmas dinner giveaway to Boys & Girls Clubs families. We have been fortunate to be in the position to give back, and it’s important to us to help families in the community who need a helping hand during the Christmas season.”
Strack said partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs is an important part of their corporate philosophy of giving back to the communities Strack & Van Til serves.
“We’re proud to be part of these communities, and the Clubs play an important role by providing fun, safe places for kids to spend their time after school.”
Boys & Girls Clubs president and CEO Ryan Smiley thanked the companies for their donations and the employees for helping assemble the meals.
“We’re grateful that so many caring and dedicated people come together year after year in support of our mission,” Smiley said. “It’s an honor for us to be in the position to hand these meals out to Club families, but it wouldn’t be possible with the support of everyone here. Whether through donations or volunteering their time, we know about 500 Club families will now have a nice Christmas dinner, and that’s a great way to end the year.”
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana has been opening doors to GREAT FUTURES for Porter and Lake County youth for over 60 years. Clubs are open after school and provide great places for youth in grades K-12 to meet friends and have fun while in a safe, supervised environment. Clubs are open during holidays and in the summer. Annual membership is only $40.00. For information on membership, volunteer opportunities, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please contact your local Club by calling (219) 764-2582 or visiting bgcgreaternwi.org. Great Futures Start HERE.