Local Boys and Girls Club receives generous backpack donation


More than 50 members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lake-Sumter county received backpacks and lunches on Wednesday afternoon after a collaborative effort between local professionals and MVP Sports Clubs of The Villages.

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Boys and Girls Club students lined up to grab backpacks filled with school supplies

Supplies for the drive were collected over the month of July at MVP Sports Clubs and through a local Business Networking International group.

Students were treated to free lunch and a backpack of their choice, equipped with supplies to last the school year.

Clubs in The Villages have previously taken part in similar drives. 

More than 50,000 students will return to school in the coming weeks in both Lake and Sumter counties.



  1. Do other states ask their residents to donate school supplies to the extent Florida does? I know one school that actually ask a couopke places to stop collecting as they had way too many. I noticed on the bews over the weekend the “happy children picking up their supply laden backpacks”. They were sixth grade students. Two had hair extensions and two others had acrylic nails. One child get showed had both. Florida has about twelve lottery drawings twoce a day. And they have many scratch offs. It is not unusual to see someone buying $50-$60 worth of tickets. Why are we still being asked to supply everything from pencils to underwear for school children? We always buy something because our church asks us to. But it is the one thing they ask that I would rather they don’t. At least not until I can afford all my medications and until those I’m donating to can’t afford hair extensions, acrylic nails and mom and dad sporting new neck tattoos.