Boys & Girls Club’s Torch Club members help those in need

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Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville’s Torch Club stand with the $500 check they wrote to Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton Co. (Submitted photo)

Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville’s Torch Club stand with the $500 check they wrote to Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton Co. (Submitted photo)

By Mark Ambrogi

 

The Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville’s Torch Club recently took a hands-on approach to raise money for its annual Stuff Da Bus project.

“They were getting bored of the same old canned food drive, so back in 2009, they decided they wanted a different goal,” said Abby Rinehart, unit director for Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville. “We had buses here, so they decided they wanted to stuff it completely with things the community needed.”

So the club, which includes members ages 10 to 13, started Stuff Da Bus.

Club members seek sponsorship donations of $150 for a seat on the bus.

“It’s a good project because the members learn how to talk on the phone and present a project,” Rinehart said. “As a kiddo, going up to an adult and requesting $150 can be intimidating. The amazing support they get from donors on this project is unbelievable.”

Recently, club members donated $500 of the $10,000 raised this year to a family trying to raise money to get into their Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton Co. home in Arcadia.

Patrick Probst, lead pastor of Noblesville’s Faith Community Church, shared a story online about the family.

“(Torch Club members) were compelled by the story and wanted to make a donation of $500 to the family,” Rinehart said.

The majority of the Stuff Da Bus donations go to purchase items for the organizations that have needs. The group served six organizations. Rinehart said some big requests are for toilet paper, laundry detergent and paper towels, because food stamps don’t cover those items.

“It’s a really valuable lesson for them. They learn how to budget the $150, and they try to maximize the money to get the most for the organizations they are helping,” Rinehart said. “We spent seven hours at Walmart trying to spend all the money.”

The majority of the items were dropped off at the Noblesville Township Trustee’s Office. The project also benefits Third Phase and Partnership for a Healthy Hamilton Co.

After shopping, there was $1,600 remaining, and the club members decided to support Humane Society of Hamilton Co. and the Sunflower Pantry in Sheridan, along with the Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton Co. family.


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