UXBRIDGE: Uxbridge’s Roxy Kids in Action have been busy doing good deeds in the community this holiday season. This year they collected coats for the foodbank, created gift bags for the Salvation Army, and assembled baskets for the Durham Basketeers.
The non-profit youth group has been in existence for 21 years, and aims to teach kids about the importance of doing good and helping others.
“[Roxy Kids in Action] motivates and mentor’s youth in giving back and volunteering in their community, and in exchange for every time they do what we call a ‘job action’ or an ‘act of kindness’ they earn a point towards going to the movies for free at the Roxy,” said Cathy Christoff, founder and chief of Roxy Kids in Action.
For every 20 good deeds, or acts of kindness done by a Roxy Kid, they receive free admission to a movie and a small combo.
Cathy said, “They are treated like royalty when they come in, by the whole staff and they congratulate them on their volunteerism.”
One of the volunteering efforts that the Roxy Kids in Action got involved with this holiday season is “Operation Warm Hearts.” Through the initiative, the Roxy Kids went out into the community, collected coats, dry cleaned them, and sold them, during a one day fundraiser for the local foodbank.
This year they exchanged over 700 coats, and donated over $600 to the Loaves and Fishes Foodbank in Uxbridge.
For larger projects, the group also collaborates with charitable organizations like the Salvation Army and Durham Basketeers.
With the Salvation Army, the Roxy Kids donated 25 “Teen Totes,” which is a gift bag, consisting of essential items, that teenagers in need will benefit from.
Each gift bag includes items like toiletries and sanitary products, as well as a nice little Christmas ornament with a bag of candies.
Another project that the Roxy Kids helped with is the Durham Basketeers. They shopped for and created several large baskets of Christmas presents, to assist women leaving emergency shelters. This year they sponsored two baskets with each of them valued at $125.
“These are giant laundry baskets filled with varying themes. This year we did kitchen, movie night, and bath night for the Moms,” said Cathy.
Some of the other good deeds the Roxy Kids do to earn points towards their free movie include, visiting seniors, raking their lawns, doing yard or garden cleanups, walking dogs, and getting the newspaper for people who are unable to do so.
Cathy said, “Two of our girls visit a senior in their neighbourhood, take him meals, and rake his lawn.”
She Added that the Roxy Kids try to help where they can and are very active in their community.
“It’s very difficult for you to run anywhere in town and not trip over a Roxy Kid volunteering or helping out,” Cathy said.
She loves running the Roxy Kids in Action and introducing the youth in Uxbridge to the wonders of volunteering.
“When I see a new member doing their first act of kindness, and you see that look on their face, where all the sudden they get it and they feel that little tug in their tummy that makes them feel good. That to me, is one of the best things,” said Cathy.
She told the Standard, when kids start volunteering at a young age, it usually carries on with them into adulthood.
“That’s really what is evident over 21 years of running this group. Once these kids are volunteers, they usually are volunteers for life,” Cathy said.
The group is open to those ages 8 to 16 and anyone interested in joining the Roxy Kids can visit: http://www.roxytheatres.com/roxy-kids-in-action/ to find out more.