Anonymous Donation Could Save Elkton Club

An anonymous $14,000 donation means the Elkton Boys and Girls Club will likely stay open beyond the summer.

The donation came Wednesday, which was the deadline for the club to let the school board know whether or not it planned to continue using the club's current location.

Parents, students and staff are thrilled.

"I just love the Boys and Girls Club. It's such a blessing. We have such a wonderful commitment in this community," says Kyla Silver, who sends her eight-year-old daughter to the Elkton club.

Silver is ecstatic to hear that a large donation was given to an organization that gives her daughter something priceless.

"She gets to know about self involvement. Being able to contribute to lives of others. To be able to share, and all of those wonderful things that you kind of miss in the educational arena now," says Silver.

"Sometimes we'll go to Journey's Crossing, to the nursing home, and we'll play Bingo with the people, and we'll help them out," says 11-year-old Tariq Hansbrough.

He has been attending the club for two years. He and other kids aren't sure what they'd do without it.

"That's why I wanted to help out with all of the fundraiser, to try and keep it open," says Troy Cline.

Kids were aware of the club's financial shortfall and say they are grateful that someone's helping.

"I think it's a great blessing. I'm, overwhelmed. It's awesome," says Jacqui Shilling.

"It makes me feel good, and I'd like to thank her, whoever she is," says Cline.

"It almost breaks your heart, because it just goes to show the kindness that people have and the willingness to want to help out for such a great program," says the club's Unit Director, Anthony Steiff.

He says the club will continue its fundraisers to help kids be confident they'll have a safe place to go.

"I was worried. My dad is supposed to get a lot of money, and supposed to be giving a lot to Boys and Girls club, so I hope the best happens for it," says Jacob Payne.

The club is still $5,000 shy of it's goal, but the club's executive director says he's confident they'll be able to raise it over the next 12 months.


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