October 11th, Waltham, MA, 2018; Yesterday saw over 80 GPS Staff participate in the club’s Annual Day of Service. This year GPS Massachusetts partnered with non-profit Horizons for Homeless Children.
Over the past few weeks GPS staff reached out to their network of family and friends in order to procure donations for a number of different kits. These kits ranged from arts and crafts materials to cleaning supplies. Each kit got a dedicated team of staff who sought donations of that kind in order to complete the most kits possible.
The donations were then brought to the Rivers School in Weston yesterday morning where staff met up to organize and pack up the donations. Prior to this, staff heard from Kathy Carol-Day, a representative of Horizons, where she explained more about the organization and their mission.
Horizons for Homeless Children is Massachusetts’ leading organization dedicated to homeless children. Once all of the kits were assembled several GPS staff traveled to the Horizons for Homeless Children headquarters in Roxbury, MA to deliver the donations. Staff were then treated to a tour of the facility where they were able to see the organization in action.
In addition to the kits for Horizons, GPS Staff went through the hundreds of donated jerseys, shorts, training kits, and cleats received this summer as part of the GPS Give Back program and got them prepared for donation to inner city programs and programs in developing nations.
Finally, several staff members throughout the morning also took part in a newer initiative for the GPS Foundation, by being recorded while reading children's books. The diversity of the GPS staff allowed us to record staff reading children’s books in a variety of languages. These recordings will be donated to appropriate charities in developing nations alongside copied of the book and will allow children the chance to read and follow along to the story in their native tongue.
The GPS Day of Service is not restricted solely to GPS MA as every franchise participates and holds their own day during the fall.
To learn more about Horizons for Homeless Children you can visit their website HERE.