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Boys Town Youth Receive New Beds from TempurSealyhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Pages/Boys-Town-Youth-Receive-New-Beds-from-TempurSealy.aspxBoys Town Youth Receive New Beds from TempurSealy<p>Boys Town North Florida recently received a delivery of 31 twin mattresses, 7 queen mattresses and 1 king foundation thanks to a generous donation from TempurSealy.</p><p>TempurSealy has partnered with Boys Town since 2012 and has provided hundreds of beds to multiple Boys Town sites, including the Boys Town summer vacation camp at Lake Okoboji.</p><p>Nebraska, Washington D.C., and Central Florida also received mattress deliveries this year, with Louisiana and Rhode Island scheduled to receive beds in the Fall.</p><p>Boys Town is very appreciative for this continuous partnership! Our youth are so grateful to have new mattresses and Boys Town appreciates the care and support TempurSealy has provided our boys and girls through the years. </p>2020-08-04T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Youth recieved Mattress donation" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/youth-received-mattress-donation.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Stands for Racial Equalityhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Pages/Boys-Town-Stands-for-Racial-Equality.aspxBoys Town Stands for Racial Equality<p>Nearly a century ago, Boys Town founder Father Edward Flanagan spoke these profound words: </p><p>" I … see danger for all in an ideology which discriminates against anyone politically or economically because he or she was born into the 'wrong' race, has skin of the 'wrong' color, or worships at the 'wrong' altar."</p><p>Today, America is at a crossroads. The dangerous ideology of racism Father Flanagan described then continues to exist today. </p><p>At Boys Town, we share the sadness of so many mourning the senseless killings due to violence and racism. We also share the anger that is sweeping our nation as we unequivocally condemn all forms of racism, hatred, and injustice that tear at the seams of our society.</p><p>When Father Flanagan opened his first Home for Boys in 1917, he welcomed kids of every race, color, and creed. But his efforts to be inclusive and compassionate in his care of children went far beyond creating a place where they could grow and thrive. Father Flanagan also recognized and rejected the laws and customs that enshrined and reinforced institutional racism. He passionately attacked those unfair laws and practices, shining a spotlight on prejudice and injustice, and using Boys Town as a model for the incredible possibilities that existed when people of all colors lived, worked, and played side by side in mutual respect and equality.</p><p><strong>Boys Town has never wavered from the principles on which it was founded. As a passionate advocate of positive social change, we firmly stand with those individuals and groups who have dedicated themselves to the cause of racial equality and justice, and strongly support their efforts to bring about lasting, significant change. </strong><strong> </strong></p><p>We have recognized since our formation that it is not enough to simply avoid racist behavior as individuals. We all must work together proactively to create a more just, a more peaceful, and a more equitable society. We all must live by the values of diversity and inclusion more deeply in the days, months, and years to come. We all must strive to re-create a society in which everyone feels that they belong, that they matter, and that they are respected for who they are.     </p><p>People have rediscovered their voice, and their pain and anger are being felt and heard. Boys Town adds its voice to this rising chorus with the fervent hope that racism, injustice, and prejudice can finally be vanquished.     </p><p>God's Blessings,</p><p>Father Steven E. Boes<br>President and National Executive Director, Boys Town</p>2020-06-17T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Father Flanagan" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Flanagan_with_Boys_1942_682-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town South Florida Hosts 28th Annual Thanksgiving Give a Gobblehttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/BT_SFl_Hosts28thAnnualThanksgivingGiveaGobble.aspxBoys Town South Florida Hosts 28th Annual Thanksgiving Give a Gobble​<p>​On November 23, Boys Town South Florida hosted their 28th Annual Thanksgiving Give a Gobble. Over 50 volunteers showed up to help, including Boys Town South Florida board members, employees and families, and high school students.<br></p><p>Boys Town South Florida gathered donated food for families that might not have had the ability to provide Thanksgiving meals. Any family that received services from Boys Town South Florida in 2019 could sign up to receive a holiday meal and approximately 350 meals are handed out each year.</p><p>Volunteers, staff, and board members arrived early in the morning to start packing the meals. They formed an assembly line to pack bags that were donated by the Florida Power and Light Company. These meal bags included a 15-pound frozen turkey, two cans of corn and peas, two boxes of Jell-O, cranberry sauce, a large bag of dinner rolls, a five-pound bag of potatoes, and stuffing packets. This year the meals also included a disposable roasting pan for the turkeys, directions for cooking the turkey in both Creole and Spanish for non-English speaking families, and a holiday motivation card created by a Boys Town South Florida staff member.</p><p>"This is an amazing event that partners with the community, employees, high school volunteers and families, and our Board members, many of which who bring their children!" said Ariadne Reiman, Development Director for Boys Town South Florida. "We are so grateful to all of our corporate and community donors for this event such as Florida Power and Light Company, Carlton Fields Law Firm, Broward County Sheriffs Department, Costco, Publix, Malvern Bank, Wal-Mart, and Nubscc. Every Board member supported this event and that was one major reason for this year's success!"</p><p>Employees also increased their donations this year by creating a competition. For the weeks leading up to the Thanksgiving Give a Gobble, employees broke up into teams to see who could donate the most cans of food. Each week, the winning team would win a prize, such as Jimmy Johns sandwiches or pie. Through this competition, more than 800 cans of food were donated.</p><p>Boys Town South Florida also started a "Turkey Art Contest" to kick off the Thanksgiving season. First graders from 12 elementary schools made pictures or turkeys with their hands and various mediums. These were hung in a conference room at Boys Town and on November 20, people from local businesses were invited to come vote to decide the winning "turkey". "We wanted to use this event as a way to get information out about Boys Town to new prospects," said Reiman. Over 70 people came to the event where they enjoyed breakfast, learned about Boys Town, and voted for the winning art piece.</p><p>The Art Contest and Annual Thanksgiving Give a Gobble are just two of the amazing events Boys Town South Florida hosts every year to support the community and the families they are working with. They are living out the mission of keeping families intact, especially during the holidays. Thank you to all the employees, board members, and volunteers who made these events a success.</p><br>2020-01-24T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Give a gobble" src="/locations/south-florida/PublishingImages/SFL_Gobble_2019_Picture_1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Give a gobble" height="447" src="/locations/south-florida/PublishingImages/SFL_Gobble_2019_Picture_1.jpg" width="335" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town South Florida Hope for the Holidayshttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/Hope-for-the-Holidays-20.aspxBoys Town South Florida Hope for the Holidays<p>Throughout December, the Hope for the Holidays toy drive took place at Boys Town South Florida. This toy drive has helped serve over 6000 children during the holidays since 2007. In this year alone, over 250 children receive gifts thanks to the generous donations of Jupiter First Church and The Geo Group. A-1 Moving and Storage also helped with the event by providing a truck and packing the toys into it for delivery. Elizabeth Lopez-Smith, a Compliance Specialist at Boys Town South Florida who has been running this event for 16 years stated, "I put all I have into making sure the kids have a great Christmas. I work in the office and this is the one way I try and touch all of the kids we serve."</p>​<br>2020-01-24T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Effort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestonehttps://www.boystown.org/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Pages/Effort-to-canonize-Edward-Flanagan-reaches-milestone.aspxEffort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone<p>​The effort to have Servant of God Father Edward J. Flanagan canonized a saint took a step forward today with the presentation of the Positio to Congregation for the Causes of Saints, along with a letter of support from Archbishop George Lucas.<br><br><a href="https://www.omaha.com/news/metro/effort-to-canonize-boys-town-founder-edward-flanagan-reaches-key/article_abb43a73-7e5c-59aa-a62e-a7b67a0b4af1.html?fbclid=IwAR3a4lPKoGHPBfp9iCfbcb_biLC0dMs6kY0E3ps6Z05RTHb1myqLaIsyB0U" target="_blank">Read more in this article</a> published by the Omaha World-Herald on July 22, 2019. <br></p>2019-07-30T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/about/PublishingImages/flanagan.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/canonization.jpg" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Finding Her Future: McKenna's Storyhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/McKenna-Story.aspxFinding Her Future: McKenna's Story<p>Entering high school, McKenna felt lost and broken. She intentionally defied her family and continued to make bad decisions. Her issues grew beyond what her family could manage so they reached out to Boys Town for help. At Boys Town, McKenna learned the tools and the confidence she needed to turn her life around. She graduated from high school and will enter college with a full-ride scholarship. More importantly, her relationship with her family has never been stronger.</p>2019-07-17T05:00:00ZNewsNewsEventAltLink

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