FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 30, 2013)—The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County is busy sorting the large amount of supplies donated by local Michaels Stores after a successful supply drive, held from Aug. 17 to Sept. 17, at the three Southwest Florida store locations.

Directly benefiting local BGCLC members, the supply drive collected five large shipping boxes full of folders, notebooks, book covers, award certificates, drawing pencils, stickers, colored pencils, bookmarks, erasers and more. Michaels Stores’ customers were also encouraged to donate supplies during their checkout process.

“We are very grateful to Michaels and those members of the community who donated supplies to benefit this effort,” said BGCLC Chief Professional Officer Shannon Lane. “It’s these simple tools that are vital in achieving academic success. The supplies will also be used as homework incentive prizes throughout the year. ”

“We are proud to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs to give kids the needed school supplies to better handle their workload and succeed academically,” said, Michaels Stores, Inc. CEO Chuck Rubin. “At Michaels, we believe in making a difference in the lives of our associates and customers by supporting organizations with a strong focus on families and children.”

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs is to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The Clubs provide safe places where children can learn, grow, receive help with homework and develop coping skills that assist them in avoiding destructive influences in a fast-paced, complex world. Membership dues are $10 per school year so that all children can have access to our programs. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County relies upon the philanthropic support of individuals, corporations and foundations in order to sustain and grow its services.

Irving, Texas-based Michaels Stores, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator. The company currently owns and operates more than 1,113 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada and 123 Aaron Brothers stores, and produces 11 exclusive private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor®, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, Art Minds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads® and Imagin8®. For more information, visit or or follow Michaels on Twitter and Pinterest @MichaelsStores.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County or to arrange a tour, please call 239-334-1886 or visit