The Justice Apparel Company recently donated 500 backpacks to the Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast

(Tampa Bay, Fla.) – On Tuesday, June 5, 2012, the apparel company for “tween” girls,Justice, presented the Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast (BGCS) with a generous donation of 500 backpacks stuffed with school supplies.

The donation came in coordination with the Boys & Girls Club’s Smart-Girl program, which is a prevention and enrichment program designed to engage girls in activities that develop their social-emotional skills. Smart-Girl gives girls the chance to think about and discuss the challenges they encounter and to formulate and practice appropriate and productive responses. Through this process, Smart-Girl nurtures girls’ social-emotional intelligence and critical thinking skills – qualities proven to lead to success in life.

This is the 3rd consecutive year that Justice has completed the “Just Stuff It” event and each year they have taken the stuffing event on the road and donated to the local chapter where they have meetings with the clubs.  The first year was in Columbus, OH, second year was in Scottsdale, AZ and this year was luckily in St. Petersburg, FL.

“We are so thankful for Justice for supporting the Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast,” commented Nita Smith, President and CEO of BGCS. “The backpacks and school supplies will help encourage our members to want to learn and go to school.”

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Coast
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America movement came to Pinellas County in November 1959 with the founding of the Boys Club of Pinellas Park by Police Chief Maurice L. MacTarsney and Margaret “Peg” Nunn.  The Club began operating in January 1960 in an old frame building leased from the City of Pinellas Park with its 1st executive director, James S Hart Jr.  The Boys Clubs of Pinellas, Inc. was chartered in August 1967 when its second club opened at the Northside location in St. Petersburg.  In May 1970, at the urging of both the United Way and the Boys Clubs of America, the Boys Clubs of Pinellas County, Inc. was organized.  In 1991, the Boys Clubs of Pinellas County opened its programs to all youth, forming Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast (BGCS), as we know it today, now with seven locations. The sole purpose of BGCS is to provide children, youth, their families and the community opportunities for safe, structured, well supervised after school and summer youth programs, with an emphasis on leadership, education and self sufficiency.  The organization has proven its commitment to service for children and community members with innovative and progressive programming and opportunities.  Supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs include government politicians, law enforcement agency representatives, financial institutions, and education boards, among other concerned citizens.  To find out more or to help, visit