Boys and Girls Club Receives $25,000

by Ramonica R. Jones

Imagine taking care of 300 kids and teenagers every single day. Taking them on field trips, making sure they get along with their classmates, and getting them all the homework supplies they need can get expensive. Thanks to a generous donation from Brookshire Brothers, taking care of those children will be a lot easier for the Boys and Girls Club.

For the kids, the Boys and Girls Club is more than an after-school hangout. For many of them, it is a home away from home. Just like with any family, times can get tough. There is not always enough money to get what is needed when supplies run out. That is why Brookshire Brothers has stepped up to help.

Kim McClung of Brookshire Brothers says, "We appreciate what the Boys and Girls Club does for the youth of our community, and we just want to let everybody know that, without the loyal support of our customers, we would not be able to do these types of donations. It is through their support of us that we can, in turn, support the Boys and Girls Club."

Next Tuesday, the grocery store will present a $25,000 check to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas. The money may be a donation to the club, but it will go far in the community.

Patrick Sanders of the Boys and Girls Club says, "We're living in a time where people are putting kids first. We're going back and putting our kids first because they will be the leaders of tomorrow."

Kids who go to the Boys and Girls Clubs build memories that last a lifetime. They learn music, arts and crafts, social skills, and how to become leaders in their community. Helping them accomplish their goals starts with what they do today.

Sanders says, "It creates a positive place for kids and a safe environment for our kids today. With the community and society changing, kids need a positive place and positive role models."

Brookshire Brothers will also give out school supply packs to kids at the club. That will make the donation a Christmas gift that will last long after the holidays are gone.