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Local Boys & Girls Club to benefit from Penney's program

August 08, 2011

HAGERSTOWN — To support afterschool programs across the country, J.C. Penney 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 Club of Washington County is one of 1,100 after-school organizations matched with a local store that will benefit from the proceeds raised during the campaign.  

The first pennies from heaven event kicked off July 31 and runs through Aug. 27.

“There’s never been a more important time to support after-school programs as a valuable community resource that helps to bridge the education gap,” said Buck Browning, director of development for the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County.  

“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 Washington County students.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Washington County operates seven afterschool programs and five summer camps that provide academic support, develop life skills, introduce participants to the arts, and offer sports, fitness, and recreational activities.

The Boys & Girls Club has been serving local children since 1941.   

“For more than a decade, J.C. Penney has been deeply committed to helping kids spread their wings by making it possible for more students to participate in life-enriching after-school programs,” said Brian Paulsen, store manager for J.C. Penney at Valley 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, go to http://jcpenneyafterschool.org/.

To contact the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County, call Browning at 301-733-5422 or email buckb@bgcwc.com.

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