ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Boscov's is planning a Christmas in July event, July 1-31. The event will feature a giving tree for the Children's Home Society and Community Action Commission of Belmont County.
"The Christmas spirit isn't something that should only happen in December. We want to help those in our community year-round, that's what Christmas in July is all about," said store manager Tony Georgetti.
Hanging on the giving tree will be tags. Each tag will have a child's name and age on the front, and a list of back to school needs on the back. The shopper will take a tag and purchase the item(s) listed. While shoppers are not required to purchase everything on the list, whatever they can do to help would be greatly appreciated.
Once the items have been purchased, the shopper will take them, their giving tree tag and their receipt to the Courtesy Desk located on the 2nd floor. Boscov's will gift wrap the purchase, and a member from either the CAC or Children's Home Society will ensure the gift gets to the child.
Approximately 75-90 children's names and needs are expected to be listed on the tree. Be Santa in the summertime, and help make going back to school easier for a child in need.
"The Community Action Commission of Belmont County (CAC) sponsors programs and services that are relevant and responsive to the needs of our local low-income families. Currently, our Summer Food program serves meals to more than 75 school aged children a week throughout the county. This summer, CAC is pleased to partner with Boscov's Christmas in July program. We are looking forward to further lifting the self-confidence and self-images of these kids when they go back to school by providing them some new clothes and basic necessities. We are grateful to both Boscov's and its shoppers who make this program a success," said Gary F. Obloy, executive director.
Boscov's will also have a food drive for the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling. A drop box will be located in the vestibule of the main entrance to the store. Customers are encouraged to bring in canned foods and other non-perishable items.
"Some days we will serve up to 300 people. ... Many of them are families and children," said a Soup Kitchen volunteer. "There's a great need in the community this time of year, with school being out."
Finally, join Boscov's in showing your support to the men and women overseas this holiday season. Drop off a holiday greeting card at Boscov's Courtesy Desk that can be distributed to any soldier overseas. Please do not specify a soldier's name on the envelope or card. The goal is to make sure that every soldier receives warm wishes for the holiday season. All greeting cards need to be dropped off at Boscov's Courtesy Desk by Aug. 31, so they can be sent to the soldiers in time for Christmas.