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Campaign seeks donations of change to benefit Lubbock youth

Provided by Lubbock Boys & Girls Club

From Oct. 12-25, shoppers at the JCPenney at South Plains Mall are invited to turn small change into "pennies from heaven" by rounding up their purchases and donating the difference to a local afterschool program. Lubbock Boys & Girls Club is one of 1,100 afterschool organizations from across the country matched with a local JCPenney store that will benefit from the proceeds raised during the pennies from heaven campaign.

"With a new school year already underway, we shouldn't forget about the resources needed to keep kids involved in a positive learning environment after school," said Gerald Arredondo Board President. "As customers shop JCPenney this fall, 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 Lubbock 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 Lubbock Boys & Girls Club serves more than 3,000 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. The Power Hour program is our Homework help and Tutoring program for members after school.  We also provide Peer Mentoring for our members.

"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 Bill Kolb, store manager for JCPenney. "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 jcpenneyafterschool.org.

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