On Wednesday, November 6, the City of Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board (YAB) purchased an estimated $1,600 worth of toys and donated them to the Christmas Store. The Christmas Store is co-sponsored by the Scarboro Community Center and Oak Valley Baptist Church.
The YAB, made up of 16 Oak Ridge High School students, purchased new items at a local retailer with funds raised at other board events. Items purchased include toys and sports equipment for all ages of children. The items will soon be distributed to families in Oak Ridge.
“Our City YAB members voted unanimously to give back to kids who are less fortunate,” said Matt Reedy, City Staff Liaison to the YAB. “Most of the money used to support this project was raised by students at the City Halloween Party. The students selected the Christmas Store as their charity for this year, but they want to encourage support for the many other great organizations that are also working to give back. In recent years, the YAB has supported the Holiday Bureau, Mission of Hope, and the Angel Tree program just to name a few.”
“We are asking members of the community to donate newly purchased gift items to the Christmas Store”, said Robin Johnson, director of the Christmas Store event. “Student referrals will come from Oak Ridge Schools, churches, and community organizations. There are many families who do not have adequate resources to purchase gifts for their children at Christmas time. They find themselves struggling just to make ends meet with the necessities of life.”
For more information on the YAB, contact Matt Reedy at (865) 425-3442 or visit the City’s Recreation and Parks Department website at http://orrecparks.oakridgetn.gov/.
About Youth Advisory Board: The City of Oak Ridge’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB), created in 1991, serves as a liaison between City Council and the youth of the community. In the 26 years since its inception, the YAB has offered input on City issues and provided activities and programs that enhance the lives of young people in Oak Ridge. YAB meetings are held twice per month on Wednesday afternoons at the Oak Ridge Civic Center and are open to the public.