Pennies From Heaven To Benefit Boys & Girls Club

| August 5, 2011
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JCPenney launched a nationwide philanthropic campaign that invites customers to turn small change into “pennies from heaven” by rounding up their purchases and donating the difference to a local afterschool organization. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (BGCAA) is one of 1,100 afterschool organizations matched with a local jcpenney store that will benefit from the proceeds raised during the pennies from heaven campaign. The first pennies from heaven event will kick off July 31 through Aug. 27.
 
“With budget cuts in education, there’s never been a more important time to support afterschool programs as a valuable community resource that helps to bridge the education gap,” said Reginald Broddie, Chief Professional Officer of BGCAA. “As customers shop for the Back-to-School season, we hope they will keep our mission in mind so that the social and academic learning opportunities we provide after school will continue to be available to Anne Arundel County students.”
 
National research shows that one out of four students in the U.S. is on their own between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day. The afterschool program offered at BGCAA serves more than 2,400 students each year by involving them in programs that help kids develop social skills, provide opportunities to be physically active and achieve academic success in school. 
“For more than a decade, jcpenney has been deeply committed to helping kids spread their wings by making it possible for more students to participate in life-enriching afterschool programs,” said Ed Koontz, store manager for jcpenney in the Annapolis Mall. “When we leverage the power of a penny to create opportunities for learning, we can make a positive difference in the lives of our future leaders.”
 
For more information related to the pennies from heaven initiative, visit jcp.com/pennies.

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