Drive Will Benefit Local Students and Families

Madison, WI (November 21, 2017) – The holiday season is upon us, and for many that means shopping for holiday gifts. Hundreds of local high school students are the sole caretakers of their younger siblings, and holiday gift giving can cause emotional and financial stress on those teens.

For the second year in a row, 100 Black Men of Madison and United Way of Dane County are teaming up to lead a local toy drive called Christmas for Children With Responsibilities. This drive will support these local high school students who are trying to make the holidays a little brighter for their younger siblings. You can help ease the stress these students feel by donating new toys, books, games (ages 0-12) and gift cards.

“Christmas for Children With Responsibilities is designed to aid youth of the greatest need, children who are parents of children and children who are the head of their households,” said Dr. Floyd Rose, President of 100 Black Men of Madison. “In a community of so much, it is sobering to realize how so many have so little.”

Donations can be dropped off at two convenient locations in Madison. United Way of Dane County (2059 Atwood Avenue) and Group Health Cooperative (1265 John Q Hammons Drive) will be accepting donations from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Both places will be collecting donations for the toy drive from November 27th to December 20th.

On December 22nd over 1,000 students in the Madison Metropolitan School District and Verona School District will be able to pick out gifts for their siblings.

100 Black Men of Madison and United Way of Dane County would like to thank the community members for their support of this toy drive that will help bring joy to many local students during this holiday season.

For more information, please dial United Way 2-1-1. Call takers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This is just one example of how United Way is working to create more stable, healthy families in Dane County.
 
About United Way of Dane County:
United Way of Dane County fights for the education, financial stability, and health of everyone in Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, United Way brings the many voices of Dane County together to find common ground, develop a strategic architecture for change, and make measurable progress, while engaging organizations and individuals with the opportunity to give, advocate and volunteer to change lives in Dane County.
 
About 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc.:
100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. began its operation in 1994 and was incorporated in 1995 as a nonprofit organization comprised of members from many professional disciplines in the greater Madison area. The Madison chapter was established with the concept that it would make a positive difference in the lives of area youth, especially African American males, through mentoring, education, health and wellness, and economic development programs. 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. is an affiliate of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.