Coach Joan Bonvicini Joins St. Nicholas In Giving Backpacks To Kids

Dec. 4, 2003

Coach Joan Bonvicini is the Honorary Chair for the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona's a Visit from St. Nicholas. Joan will be escorting St. Nicholas on the Lifeline Helicopter, which will take off from St. Mary's Hospital on Friday, Dec. 5th. The Helicopter will arrive at the following schools:

8:30 AM Ochoa Elementary 101 W. 25th 225-2400
9:15AM Cavett Elementary 2120 E. Naco Vista Drive 225-1300
10:00AM Menlo Park Elementary 1100 W. Fresno 225-2100

Since 1998, Coach Bonvicini has been helping to promote St. Nicholas' visit to Tucson and the goodwill he brings to so many children. This year, 4000 children who qualify for the free lunch program in their perspective school, will receive a backpack with toys and books. 'This is a great way to support the youth of southern arizona, these kids get so excited when they know St. Nicholas is coming to Tucson, and I'm honored to show him around' says Coach Bonvicini.More details about the event have been provided by the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona and they are as follows:

The Legend
Saint Nicholas was a virtuous man who was known for his charity and philanthropic spirit. He lived in the fourth century and is best remembered for leaving bags of gold on the doorsteps of the poor. This holiday is celebrated in many parts of the world on December 6th and represents the human kindness that builds every community. The legend of Saint Nicholas exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism.

The Event

  • In its eighth year, reaching 4000 children in pre-K to 2nd grade in 12 schools.
  • Each child receives a school backpack, crayons, a book and toys.
  • In November, hundreds of community and corporate volunteers pack backpacks.
  • On Saint Nicholas Eve, volunteers decorate classrooms and place backpacks on desks.
  • On Saint Nicholas Day, volunteers return to share in the joy as Saint Nicholas visits the children at every school, handing out gold wrapped chocolate coins.

    The Children

  • Teachers tell us these are the only holiday gifts many of these children will receive.
  • Schools are chosen where a majority of the children are on the free lunch program.
  • Districts served are: Amphitheater, Flowing Wells, Marana, Sunnyside, and TUSD.

    Levels of Involvement

  • A donation for one child at $25, a classroom at $750, a school for $7500.
  • Purchase In-Honor-Of cards sponsoring a child in honor of clients, friends, teachers and relatives as an alternative holiday gift.
  • Sponsorship of a school as an employee project, your employees pack and deliver.

    The Benefits of Participation

  • Reaching disadvantaged children with the message that someone cares.
  • Association with a citywide event known and loved by the public and media.
  • An employee project that is pre-developed and completed by December 6th.
  • Clients, associates and friends are touched to receive the In-Honor Of cards sponsoring a child in their name.
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