The Newport Booster Club, a 70-year-old institution, announced this week that they will be matching donated funds to financially support Newport families with school-aged children. The Boosters will match up to $10,000, meaning a total of $20,000 will be dispersed.
Club President Robert Smith wrote that the club is grateful for the support the community has given it over the decades, which has allowed student athletics and activities to be supported to a tremendous degree. Now, he and the rest of the Boosters are shifting the focus of their efforts.
“The Booster Club has been in contact with all the Newport area school principals, and the number one immediate need for all families is food,” Smith wrote. “Teachers have been contacting all their students, and a list of those needing help is being generated.”
The funds will be dispersed in the form of gift cards which can be redeemed at local businesses.
“We are asking anyone in the community to join our efforts to address this need. If you are willing and able to donate to this effort please do so,” Smith continued. “The money raised will be divided equally between Newport’s four schools in the form of gift cards and will be given out to those who would benefit the most.”
Donations can be made in two ways; by check, payable to “Newport Booster Club/Corona Virus Fund,” and either mailed to P.O. Box 2216 or online through the “Donate” on the Newport Booster Club Facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/pg/newportboosterclub.
“In normal times, Newport individuals and businesses have been extremely generous in supporting Newport area students and athletes, but these are not normal times,” Smith concluded. “Businesses have been closed, and people are currently not working. We ask all who are able to make a tax-deductible donation to support our youth and their families.”