With their normal operations on pause, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad are going above and beyond to take care of their communities still.

“This is a steep learning curve for me because social distancing is the polar opposite of what the Club is all about,” said Village Clubhouse Director Abby Snyder. “Our job typically is to nurture and love huge groups of children. Now we’re pivoting to provide not only emotional nourishment but daily meals for families in need.”

Even though the Club was mandated to shut its doors in mid-March, it has provided daily hot meals to its members and their families. And as COVID19 takes its toll, Abby discovered that many families could use more than just one meal a day.

Daybreak Church Help Families in Need

That’s where Daybreak Church stepped up. “I was walking in the Village and ran into Abby, and she shared the good work the Club is doing,” said Daybreak’s Jeff Myers, Director of Operations. “Our church was looking for a way to impact our community, to shine a light positively. Our congregation jumped on the opportunity to help.”

And help they did. Over 4000 pounds – 531 bags – of groceries and toiletries were collected and distributed to about 100 local families via a continuous line of cars that snaked around the block for hours last Friday. Abby hopes to continue to hand out food to needy families each Friday, and she estimates she has enough to last the next five weeks.

“It’s not just about a meal or a loaf of bread, it’s about connection,” states Abby.  “We thank Daybreak Church for their amazing contribution, and making it possible to fulfill a real need!”

“It’s best to partner with great people and organizations,” added Jeff. “It enhances the impact, and it feels good to know that we were able to put food on the table for some Carlsbad families. All of us at Daybreak hope we can continue to work together to make a positive difference in our community.”

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