Cheering children & youth at Las Margaritas Public Housing Complex

(San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 14, 2020) A character-led youth parade, including princesses and characters from Disney Club House, toured the streets of the Las Margaritas Public Housing Complex today to cheer children and youth, to support and offer orientations about the work of Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico(BGCPR) in the community.

With the motto “If you can dream it, you can achieve it” and complying with all the prevention and physical distance measures established, Boys & Girls Club of Puerto Rico at Las Margaritas, carried a message of hope and optimism to the community they have served since 1976, distributing 400 prepared meals, brochures with information on prevention of contagion against diseases such as COVID-19 (coronavirus), on how to maintain physical and emotional health, as well as support phone numbers. Likewise, information was distributed among hide school graduates on the next steps to continue their studies, as well as information on the organization and links so parents or guardians can enroll their children in the Club.

“We continue to look for ways to bring joy and excitement to Club participants and their families, particularly in times of uncertainty such as the current health crisis. That’s the main reason to be here today. Our Community Outreach and Post-Secondary team developed the newsletters so that the community has valuable information at their fingertips and feel that we are here to support our participants and their families as they work to reach their goals,” said José Santos, director of Boys & Girls Clubs at Las Margaritas.

The organization is preparing to offer its services on site once the school year begins, complying with the necessary health and safety measures, thus maintaining the safe and creative environment that distinguishes them. Joan Rivera, BGCPR Director of Operations, describes the reopening process. “We want to bring inspiration and hope to our children, let them know we will return. It will be a responsible process, so that both our children and their moms and dads, as well as our employees, feel safe. We will return, complying with the instructions of our security committee, aligned with the guidelines issued by the government,” Rivera said.

The first 100 participants who enroll in the Las Margaritas Club will receive gifts once on-site services begin. For more information about the organization, search all social networks for Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico.