please help a great cause – 1st Annual Christmas Toy and Coat Drive

This is a little informational post for those of you who are local NC readers (Triangle, Triad, Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and other Central North Carolina areas). Please donate if you can.

Helping those less fortunate is even more important this time of the year, when many families cannot afford simple holiday gifts for their children (or even basic clothes to keep kids warm during cold winter days).

What: 1st Annual Christmas Toy and Coat Drive – a FREE special event for children AND an ongoing coat and toy drive

When: Saturday, Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Where: North Carolina Central University in Durham in the LeRoy T. Walker Physical Education and Recreation Complex.

Who/Why: this event is being held in hopes to collect Christmas toys and coats for underprivileged children throughout Durham and surrounding communities.

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How to Help:

Donate toys or coats at the following locations (or at the actual event):
– NCCU: 1801 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27707
– DTLR of the Streets at Southpoint: 6910 Fayetteville Road, Durham, North Carolina 27713 (upper level)
– NCCU Campus Recreation: 1801 Fayetteville St. Durham NC 27707

Donate $$ if you can: www.gofundme.com/johnaveryBGCA

Thank you for helping this cause!

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Here’s the press release for the event:

The John Avery Boys & Girls Club First Annual Christmas Toy and Coat Drive Presented by NINETY SIX

Two Local Entrepreneurs Aim to Make a Difference for Durham Nonprofit this Year

Durham, N.C. – Nov. 12, 2013 – NINETY SIX, a company founded by two North Carolina entrepreneurs who recently relocated back from Los Angeles and New York City, is partnering with the John Avery Boys & Girls Club of Durham for its first annual toy and coat drive on Saturday, Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at North Carolina Central University in Durham in the LeRoy T. Walker Physical Education and Recreation Complex.

Inspired by a passion for helping children, this event is being held in hopes to collect Christmas toys and coats for underprivileged children throughout Durham and surrounding communities.

This free event starts at 10 a.m. will include passing out toys and coats to the children at 10:30 a.m., a DJ, carnival foods and more. Attendees are welcome to come the whole time or drop in for a bit. Toys and coats will be accepted at the event. For monetary donations, please visit gofundme.com/johnaveryBGCA or mail them to the John Avery Boys & Girls Club of Durham at the following address: 808 E Pettigrew St., Durham, NC 27701.

“Christmas is a time for giving and joy. We are thrilled to be able to help these local kids by providing them with toys and coats,” said Brittany Cooper, co-founder of NINETY SIX. “We want children to leave this event with four things: A toy, a coat, love and last but not least, a smile.”

The two entrepreneurs and co-founders behind NINETY SIX, Bianca Parker and Brittany Cooper, met in 1996 and later decided to launch NINETY SIX to commemorate the year they met. Parker and Cooper both have a passion for helping underprivileged children and have partnered as a result with the John Avery Boys & Girls Club of Durham to host an event that will provide children with fun toys and warm coats this holiday season.

Sponsors for this event include NCCU, Fitzgerald Seafood Restaurant, DTLR of the Streets at Southpoint, North Carolina Central Campus Recreation and The Kappa Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated of UNC Chapel Hill. DTLR of the Streets at Southpoint is donating $1,000 to the cause. Drop off bins are located at the following places:

– NCCU: 1801 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27707
– DTLR of the Streets at Southpoint: 6910 Fayetteville Road, Durham, North Carolina 27713 (upper level)
– NCCU Campus Recreation: 1801 Fayetteville St. Durham NC 27707
– The Kappa Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated of UNC Chapel Hill: Carmichael Residence Hall, 101 Stadium Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

About NINETY SIX

NINETY SIX is a private company founded by Brittany Cooper and Bianca Parker. Both founders are young entrepreneurs currently residing in NC. The company has partnered with the John Avery Boys & Girls Club of Durham to donate and host events for the nonprofit. NINETY SIX is primarily focusing on growing as a marketing company with plans to grow other entities under the NINETY SIX umbrella.

About John Avery Boys & Girls Club of Durham

The John Avery Boys & Girls Club (JABGC) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and protecting children while preserving the beauty and innocence of childhood. JABGC daily serves over 130 children through After-School and Summer Camp. John Avery aims to make a fundamental difference in the lives of all youth, but especially those who need guidance the most by providing a safe alternative for youth between the ages of 6 and 18.

The John Avery Boys & Girls Club has been a steadfast champion in securing the prosperity of our children by offering life and educational lessons as the foundation for future triumphs. Charging no more than $10.00 a year, we provide a unique After-School experience that helps students academically and in making good life decisions. This important service that John Avery provides is not achieved alone. Only through a collaborative effort with local businesses, area charities, philanthropic groups and generous residents has John Avery formed a network of Champions for the most worthy cause of all; securing the futures of our children. To learn more, visit http://www.JohnAvery.org.

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