Happy Kids and Grateful Hearts


The kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista have enjoyed a very Happy Holiday season thanks to the support of many organizations and individuals from Vista and surrounding communities.

Some of the highlights of the season have included the Club’s Adopt a Family program where Club families were provided with food gift cards, clothing and “wish list” items for everyone on their list. According to Matt Koumaras, CEO,

“The holidays can be a very stressful time for a lot of Club families. It is great to see how individuals, friend groups, local businesses and service organizations always band together to support our Club kids and families.”

Santa’s sleigh was filled by individuals and organizations such as the Vista Fire Department Local 4107 that collected toys at their Holiday Party and throughout the season.

Firefighters provided a special treat for the kids when the fire truck pulled into the parking lot with toys and tours of the truck! Santa gifts were also provided by the staff and customers of Mother Earth Brew Co., Macwrites, Brother Benno’s, Girlfriends Care and individual donors. Club kids also enjoyed a party which of course included pizza, entertainment, games, cookies made by Ms. Paula’s cooking class and a visit by Santa himself. The sponsor for the pizza party and gifts was Judge Earl Maas who has been our “Santa Judge” for many years. Other holiday sponsors included Gordon Enterprises and DBA Performance K9 Training.

“Club members and their families have been embraced by the community this Holiday Season” said Raul Castillo, Director of Operations/Programs, “It’s great to see the community love and support our kids by providing a special Christmas for them in so many ways.”

About the Boys and Girls Club of Vista
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Vista works to help youth of all backgrounds develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. The Club is committed to serving the needs of boys and girls 5 to 18 years of age during the critical hours when they are out of school and away from parental supervision. BGCV gives children what they need most: a safe environment where they can have fun and be themselves; adult role models who respect and listen to them; and interesting and constructive educational and recreational activities that channel youthful energy into challenging and productive pursuits.


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