Junior League of Troy, NY Volunteers Distribute Donated Children’s Books at Troy Boys and Girls Club

Junior League of Troy Volunteers Distribute Donated Children’s Books at Troy Boys and Girls Club Christmas Party

Members of the Junior League of Troy read to children, distributed over 50 children’s books and helped boys and girls create a community story at the Troy Boys and Girls Club Christmas Party.

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Junior League of Troy volunteer Heather Silvernail read a Christmas-themed story to children at the Troy Boys and Girls Club.

 Junior League of Troy, NY volunteers

Junior League of Troy volunteers Maura Przybylek (l) and Heather Silvernail (r) give away children’s books to local children at the Troy Boys and Girls Club.

Junior League of Troy volunteer Maura Przybylek enjoyed volunteering because of the children’s enthusiasm at getting to choose their own book. “I was awesome to see how excited the kids were to pick out a book. They ran up to the table when their group was called,” she said.

The books distributed at the Troy Boys and Girls Club are a portion of the thousands of books and comic books that have been generously donated by the people of Troy. Over the last few months, Junior League of Troy children’s book drive bins have been on display at local businesses and the Troy and Lansingburgh public libraries. Churches and organizations including Our Lady of Victory and the Van Rensselaer Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held book drives as well. Families stepped forward with donations to inspire children with limited access to books to develop a life long love of reading.

Junior League of Troy, NY volunteers

Children also had an opportunity to contribute a sentence to a community story. When finished, the story included references to what was happening at the Christmas party and what they enjoyed about the Troy Boys and Girls Club.

Junior League of Troy volunteer Heather Silvernail said, “this was such an amazing event because not only were the kids celebrating Christmas but they were learning. The kids were able to express themselves through reading, writing, and dance. My favorite part was, with all the presents and people around, some of the kids were as equally excited about listening to a story and writing their own. One little girl was so eager to share the story they had written with everyone. We left the story for them to read in the days to come. It all comes down to the social interactions the kids are having with adults and one another. We are social creatures and when we have the opportunity to share our learning, it is an exciting thing.”

Junior League of Troy volunteer Kathleen Lisson enjoyed partnering with the Troy Boys and Girls Club because of the great reputation that the organization has in the community. “I am inspired every time I walk through the doors of the Troy Boys and Girls Club and see the vibrant, positive atmosphere and the smiling faces of the children and staff members. Today, trained Junior League of Troy volunteers were able to help over 50 local children bring an interesting, age-appropriate book home to read and share with their families.”

The Troy Boys and Girls Club was incorporated in 1903 and is one of the founding organizations of the Boys & Girls Club Movement. The vast majority of families the organization serves are economically disadvantaged and 72% of the children in their programs are from single parent families. The Junior League of Troy was founded 85 years ago and is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

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