Thirty Days Can Make A World Of Difference


Donor Ellie Ziegler, CEO Steve Davidson and Club member Maddie do some back-to-school shopping.

Donor Ellie Ziegler, CEO Steve Davidson and Club member Maddie do some back-to-school shopping.

Local youth get back-to-school assist

During its six-decade history, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has seen firsthand how many children start or return to school without the needed school supplies and new clothes to feel confident and successful. Given research showing that children from low-income, distressed environments start school far behind their more advantaged peers, the organization set out to help 1,000 youth in need to shop for back-to-school items during 30 Days of Shopping events throughout July and August. Youth selected for the events are Club members and identified to participate in the events based on greatest need.

“All children, regardless of socio-economic factors, deserve the opportunity to start the school year off on a positive note and on an even playing field,” says Steve Davidson, president and CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

During the events, the selected youth received a $100 Kohl’s gift card to pick out clothing and other back to school necessities at its stores in Scottsdale and Phoenix. 

The events were in large part made possible by civic leaders Ellie and Michael Ziegler, who sponsored the 1,000 children. Volunteers from organizations such as Kohl’s, Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club and Valley of the Sun Active 20-30 Club have been participating in this community event for more than 10 years.

For more information, visit www.bgcs.org.

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