“Stuff a Stocking” at The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod

Bank collecting much needed items for the Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod

Bring some cheer to the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod by helping “stuff a stocking” at any one of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod branches.  Oversized stockings will be located inside each branch for Cape Codders to drop off much needed items and resources for the club.  Among the items on the club’s holiday “wish list” are:

  • Toys & games geared towards kids aged 9-13
  • Art supplies – construction paper, beads and jewelry making stuff, sequins, buttons, pipe cleaners, glitter, hot glue sticks, gimp, plastic canvas, markers, etc.
  • AA & C batteries
  • Floor mats for an XBox Dance-Dance Revolution Game
  • Regulation size air-hockey pucks
  • New pool sticks
  • Heavy duty ping pong net
  • New kick balls
  • Office supplies (copy paper, #9 envelopes)
  • Gift Cards to office supply stores
  • Gas cards (for field trips)
  • A new computer for the Teen Program.  (Windows 7 with a min. of 1 gig RAM.)
  • Gift Cards in $10 increments to various restaurants, stores, or malls to use as prizes and incentives for various club programs and activities.
  • Supermarket Gift Cards to purchase healthy snacks and food for the Health & Fitness cooking classes.

“The Boys and Girls Club fills an important role for young people on Cape Cod and many of us adults have fond memories of participating in Boys and Girls Club programs as kids,” said Joel Crowell, President of the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. “Like many non-profit organizations, the club has been hit hard by the down economy and is more in need than ever of resources. With lots of small donations and stocking stuffers, we can collectively make a big impact!”

Added Ruth Provost, Executive Director of The Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod: “We can’t thank the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod enough for reaching out to the community to help our kids!  We are serving more children right now than we did in the entire previous year, with a current membership of over 940 kids, as compared to only 806 at this time last year.  Those additional 140 kids, the equivalent of seven classrooms, have put real pressure on our finances.  Because we keep our fees low, parents don’t have to worry about how to keep their children safe while they are at work.  And this year 27% of our families are trying to make end meet on $20,000 a year or less.  At an average annual cost of $760 a child – or just over $2 a day per child – we are hugely cost effective and good at pinching every penny we get,  but when you multiply that out by 942 kids, it adds up fast. The Boys & Girls Club is entirely self-funded, raising our annual operating budget from scratch every year through grants, special events, and donations like this.  Your support will help us keep the doors open and Cape Cod kids safe.  Thank you! ”

Unwrapped items can be dropped into the stockings through Saturday, December 24.  Cash and check donations can also be dropped off with tellers in each branch (checks should be made out to The Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod.) The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod has branches in six locations: 1591 Main Street, East Dennis;  1470 Orleans Road, East Harwich;  695 Attucks Lane, Hyannis;  275 Cotuit Road, Sandwich;  1121 Main Street, West Barnstable;  and 121 Main Street, Yarmouth Port.  For more information or hours, visit www.mycapecodbank.com.

Located in Mashpee, The Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod serves over 900 Cape Cod children and teens.  The club provides daily programs and services after school and in the summer that are accessible to all Cape Cod children, no matter what their financial situation.  The Club provides programs that emphasize character and leadership development, education and career enhancement, health and life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness and recreation. Call 508-477-8845 or visit www.BoysGirlsClubCapeCod.org  for more information.