For teens like Tatiana Aguilar, a high school senior and North Carolina Youth of the Year, the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greater Charlotte has become a second home for the past five years. From tackling homework with tutors to practicing layups on the basketball court, Boys & Girls Clubs across the country provide a safe, positive and engaging environment after school. To keep programs like this active, Family Dollar Stores, Inc. and Coca-Cola are teaming up on the "Make Every Sip Count" campaign, which will raise up to $1 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2018. (15% of purchases, up to $1 million, will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs.)
"I'm very proud to spend my time after school in a safe and productive environment that has impacted and enriched many lives, including mine," said Aguilar. "I am so thankful to have the support of companies like Coca-Cola and Family Dollar to help me develop into a healthy, intelligent, confident and creative woman."
Yesterday, Feb. 1 Family Dollar – with Boys & Girls Club alumni actor Courtney Vance, Olympic medalist Brooke Bennett and former NASA Investigator Dr. Dante Lauretta presented the Boys & Girls Clubs of America with a check for donations raised in 2017 during an event at our Marsh Road Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. The Charlotte-based company also announced the partnership with Coca-Cola for the ‘Make Every Sip Count’ campaign.
"Family Dollar is proud to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America through the 'Make Every Sip Count' program," said Matt Martin, Vice President of Marketing and Customer Engagement for Family Dollar. "Programs like this enable us to positively impact our communities and to help America's children reach their full potential in a safe and supportive environment."
The three alumni spoke to the crowd and encouraged the Boys & Girls Club members to follow their dreams and never allow negativity to stop chasing them. “The Boys & Girls Club was the only place that would allow me to swim on a team and I feel in love with it,” The three time gold-medalist, Brooke Bennett, told the crowd.
To learn more about the "Make Every Sip Count" campaign and to find a Family Dollar near you, visit Coke.com/MakeEverySipCount.
Image: (Brian Blanco/AP)