Sherry is just one of the many girls served by the Boys & Girls Club throughout the year. She is eight years old and lives with her grandmother. Her mother is a drug addict who is in and out of jail so she can not care for her. Sherry has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club since she was five years old. She attends everyday after school and all day in the summer program.
One day as the girls were being loaded on the vans to be transported home, Sherry showed the executive director a box of cereal she had in her book bag.
The executive director took Sherry to the food pantry that the Boy's and Girl's club maintains and filled up a big box full of food for the family. The look on Sherry's face said it all that day as she climbed in the van.
The executive director asked her why she had cereal and Sherry replied that the Family Resource Center in her school had given it to her because her and her grandmother had not eaten dinner all week. The grandmother had run out of food, and had spent all of her social security check. There was a week left in the month before she would get another one.
The executive director took Sherry to the food pantry that the Boys & Girl’s club maintains and filled up a big box full of food for the family. The look on Sherry’s face said it all that day as she climbed in the van. The food pantry is only one of the many ways we provide services to the children and their families. We also provide a clothes closet where families can access clothing, coats, and shoes as well as donated household items.
The Boys & Girls Club is more than a safe place to go after school. Programs are geared to the special needs of those attending and programming covers everything from math and science, to economic literacy. The boys and girls are able to get homework tutoring and learn appropriate social skills. Special family events throughout the year allow the children to share their accomplishments at the Boys & Girls Club.