BCBS employees donate to Boys & Girls Club

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York employees collected nearly 1,000 back-to-school supplies for local organization Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo.

The local health plan has long supported the organization’s annual “2 Pack a BackPack Challenge.” 

This year, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield’s back-to-school-supplies drive was hosted virtually using YouGiveGoods, making it convenient for employees to visit the site to purchase an assortment of needed school supplies. Donated items are shipped directly to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo and then distributed to local families in need.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo is grateful for the exceptional support we received from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York employees! We know it truly takes a village and their team came through in a big way for all our members,” said Deanna Rusek, director of grants and communications, Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo. “Now, hundreds of kids will hit the ground running well-prepared for the next school year.”

This support is in addition to Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield employees recent $80,000 donation to 16 local organizations recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees also sent thousands of healthy snack-packs and meals to those serving on the frontlines of the pandemic.