The philanthropic arm of the Delaware North-owned-and-operated TD Garden, Garden Neighborhood Charities, this week teamed up with The Salvation Army of Massachusetts and the city of Boston for the sixth annual school-season “home opener.”

The effort, officially known as the Back-to-School Celebration, is centered around the distribution of backpacks filled with supplies to 4,000 Boston-area students. Including this year, more than 24,000 backpacks have been given at the event to Boston-area students in need.

As part of this year’s program, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined TD Garden President Amy Latimer, The Salvation Army of Massachusetts’ Gregory Hartshorn and Boston Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang to team up with students and participate in this year’s activity, the “BFit for Back-To-School Relay.” The effort featured a series of physical activity challenges based on the Boston Bruins BFit program, providing a fun and interactive way for students to connect with community leaders and educators — setting a positive tone for the academic year.

The Boston Bruins BFit program, an extension of the Boston Bruins Foundation, was first introduced in the fall of 2016. It focuses on providing approachable fitness and dietary education to promote healthier living throughout the community.

Joining in on the giving back was local sponsor TD Bank, which partnered with First Book to donate 20,000 new books to help educators and students start the school year strong.


Published: August 25, 2017