Salvation Army's Boys & Girls Club Receives Grants

Published 05/13 2014 04:34PM

Updated 05/13 2014 08:11PM

    Fair Park 10th grader Donald Johnson is just one of the hundreds of students who have been fed in mind and body through the Salvation Army's Boys & Girls club since 2008. 

"It helped me a lot. Without it I would have been on the street. It's just such a positive atmosphere," Johnson said. 

However, financially it's no easy turnaround. 

"We operate on a half million dollar budget a year. We see 85 kids a day," Executive Dir Paige Smith said. 

Community partners are pitching in $200,000 to keep the 21,000 sq. ft facility up and running. It's always free of charge for every child coming from underprivileged local neighborhoods. 

Unless the club can raise the $300,000 the budget won't be the same for 2014. 

"We might have to cut down on staff or the number of kids we actually serve. It'll be a drastic change," Smith said.

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