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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