Despite this year's cold winter weather, Napleton Subaru "showed the love" and warmed the hearts of more than 50 Boys & Girls Club of Rockford members during the holiday season.
By teaming up with Spectrum School of Rockford, Napleton employees secured more than 200 toys and coats and saved the holidays for young people who are at risk of falling through the cracks of our community. Members at the Club's Carlson, Blackhawk, and Fairgrounds units and its 21st Century Community Learning Center programs at Lincoln Middle School and Riverdale Elementary School were overjoyed to learn their holiday wouldn't be ruined by the coronavirus pandemic or economic downturn.
Napleton's toy & coat drive instills hope, which might seem like a little thing, but Club staff would tell anyone that "a little hope goes a long way." Hope keeps young people coming back to the Club. Hope keeps kids attending school. Hope keeps young people from joining a gang and committing senseless acts of violence on our streets.
Throughout the pandemic, Boys & Girls Club has tried to be adaptable and focused on meeting some of the most critical basic needs of its members and their families.
Four clubhouse facilities are open for extended hours during the day to support students who need a safe place to engage in remote learning. Additionally, traditional after-school programming is still occurring in accordance with public health guidelines. This is critical as food insecurity, learning loss, and juvenile crime are worsening problems being magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Napleton Subaru's support through its holiday toy & coat drive and its Share The Love event is very much appreciated. It is only through their support and the support of other community-minded folks that significant community impact can be realized.
Thank you to Napleton Subaru General Manager Geoff Feinblatt for his leadership. And lots of love for the Napleton staff and their partners at Spectrum School of Rockford for saving the 2020 holiday season and giving the gift of hope and opportunity to so many young people.
Oh, and thank you to Santa Claus, too. ;-) Here's to a happier and healthier 2021!