Local Boys & Girls Clubs to distribute supplies to students in need
The first-ever Supporting Our Schools tri-state school supply drive kicked off on Monday, June 26 as NBC 4 New York/WNBC, Telemundo 47 New York/WNJU, Raymour & Flanigan, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America teamed up to announce the launch of their new initiative. The drive will end with a massive one day call-to-action collection event on Saturday, July 29. Members of the public interested in donating school supplies can visit Raymour & Flanigan locations in Carle Place, Garden City, Massapequa and Farmingdale.
“It can be difficult for some tristate families to afford school supplies for their children. At WNBC we want to help parents and students, and that is why our station has joined with Raymour & Flanigan to collect backpacks, notebooks and other important school supplies for local students in need,” said Eric Lerner, president and general manager of NBC 4 New York.
Donations can be made in clearly-labeled bins, available at all participating Raymour & Flanigan locations. All supplies will benefit students attending Boys & Girls Clubs in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, with these donations collected by clubs within close proximity to each collection site. Some of the most-requested school supplies include backpacks, spiral notebooks, black/blue pens and highlighters.
“Our school supply drive will help place more school supplies in the hands of those students who need them the most. These supplies provide the most basic foundation for growth and success in the classroom, and we’re excited to work with NBC 4 New York and Raymour & Flanigan to collect supplies and help local students all across the tri-state area,” said Cristina Schwarz, president and general manager of Telemundo 47.
In addition to hosting school supply collections at their 47 tri-state locations, Raymour & Flanigan will also encourage school supply donations through a one-day, $100 discount on purchases over $1,000 on Saturday, July 29. An on-site donation to the “Supporting our Schools” school supply drive is required to redeem this discount offer. NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 news personalities will also appear at several Raymour & Flanigan locations that day to thank Raymour & Flanigan shoppers for their donations to the drive.
“After-school programs at Boys & Girls Clubs support the learning kids do during the school day to increase club members’ overall academic success,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “With the average cost of school supplies for families nearly $500 per child, this partnership will help so many of our club members be prepared and ready to achieve great futures this school year and beyond.”
Local Raymour & Flanigan locations include:
- 275 Glen Cove Rd, Carle Place, NY 11514
- 895 E Gate Blvd, Garden City, NY 11530
- 5550 Sunrise Hwy, Massapequa, NY 11758
- 2005 Broadhollow Rd, Farmingdale, NY 11735