BGCGV members drive by for a Brad Bag

David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central. Brad Olsen distributes Brad Bags of snacks to Boys & Girls Club of the Gila Valley members during drive-through service Friday.

SAFFORD – Each weekday, Brad Olsen distributes snacks to the youths participating in the Boys & Girls Club of the Gila Valley’s after school program.

But with the club closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Brad hasn’t had the chance to interact with the club’s participants – that is, until Friday.

The club distributed 100 Brad’s Bags Friday via drive-through.

“It’s a snack for the kids. We always give out snacks because it’s my thing. I like to give out snacks here because the kids are great,” Olson said.

Due to the closure, the club has been conducting all its operations online, including the Smart Girls program, fitness, crafts and more. Friday was the first chance for club members to see staff in person since the closure; recognizing their favorites and saying hello despite all staff members wearing masks and gloves.

Olsen, along with other staff and management of Boys & Girls Club of the Gila Valley, said it’s hoped the club will be able to continue distributing Brad Bags each Friday until the club can re-open for normal operations.