Bridgestone and Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee helping essential families during the pandemic

Posted at 7:21 PM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 13:49:36-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — It was back in March when the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee closed its doors because of COVID-19.

Staff say they knew they needed to continue to help families in the area.

When the pandemic struck, local Clubs began using their vehicles to deliver meals to kids and families. But the needs ran deeper than mobility solutions, and in April, Bridgestone joined forces with other donors to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s new COVID-19 Relief Fund.

"There is a need, we had some challenges in terms of the amount of giving that we have so any support that continues to come in will be put to use to serve our youth," said CEO Eric Higgs.

The Boys & Girls Club van was purchased last year by Bridgestone, which has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 2015 to help youth gain access to out-of-school programming.

"About 13- thousand meals were delivered during the time we were closed between that April May time frame," said Higgs.

Bridgestone provided Boys & Girls Clubs of America with its Quarter 1 customer donations, totaling $840,000, to support the Boys & Girls Clubs COVID-19 Relief Fund.

This week, Bridgestone is also donating 10,000 masks to Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle TN as part of the TN Governor Bill Lee’s “TN Strong” mask initiative.