Pittsburgh, PA (December 23, 2020) – Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, the JuJu Foundation, and Walmart partnered to give over $20,000 worth in Walmart Gift Cards to more than 200 Pittsburgh kids for the holidays. JuJu, through his JuJu Foundation, surprised the kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania with the Gift Cards and a virtual video message yesterday.
“This holiday, I wanted to share a small gift with all of you. In partnership with the Walmart Foundation, I’m excited to let each of you know that you will be receiving a $100 Walmart gift card to use on some toys and Christmas gifts this year,” said Smith-Schuster, Chairman of the JuJu Foundation. “I hope this will bring a sense joy and happiness to you and your families this holiday season!”
“As a company, one of our top priorities is to ensure that we are giving back to the communities that we operate in,” said Jason Klipa, Walmart’s Pennsylvania Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations. “We are proud to stand alongside the JuJu Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania, as we work together to make this holiday season brighter for so many children living in the Pittsburgh region.”
“The partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania and The JuJu Foundation continuously provides not only support in such a time of need for our youth, but also unforgettable opportunities and experiences for our members, 70% of which come from single parent households,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania’s CEO, Dr. Lisa Abel- Palmieri. “We thank JuJu and his team for bringing holiday cheer to our members and their families during such a difficult year.”
The JuJu Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of youth initiatives and lifting the spirits of those in need. The Foundation has partnered with Omaze (www.Omaze.com/juju), Bing (www.Bing.com/juju), Jumpin JuJu’s Crunch (https://plbse.com/products/jumpin-jujus-crunch) and through the generous support of donors around the country to provide this support to the families.
About the JuJu Foundation
The JuJu Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of youth initiatives and lifting the spirits of those in need. The Foundation was established in 2019 by Pittsburgh Steelers and former University of Southern California Wide Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. For more information, please visit www.JuJuFoundation.org.
About Boys and Girls Clubs of Western PA
Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania is a unique organization consisting of 14 Clubhouses and our Career Works Center. We currently operate in Allegheny and Somerset Counties. Seven of our Clubhouses are school-based sites and seven are stand-alone facilities. We also offer partner programs inside of school-districts and several other community centers across the Pittsburgh Metro and have expansion plans for surrounding counties. Through our programs, services and outreach we serve 12,000+ youth ages 4-18, making us one of the largest comprehensive after school/ youth services provider in our region. Our goal is to provide every young person with the essential tools needed for a successful and bright future by doing whatever it takes to activate and advance their potential.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart.org represents the philanthropic efforts of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. By leaning in where the business has unique strengths, Walmart.org works to tackle key social issues and collaborate with others to spark long-lasting systemic change. Walmart has stores in 27 countries, employs more than 2 million associates and does business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Walmart.org is helping people live better by supporting programs that work to accelerate upward job mobility for frontline workers, address hunger and make healthier, more sustainably grown food a reality, and build strong communities where Walmart operates. To learn more, visit www.walmart.org or connect on Twitter @Walmartorg