A local non-profit organization was granted $20,000 to help kids in Youngstown.
Representatives with Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Mahoning Valley and Western Pennsylvania presented a check Monday to the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown.
“It’s a part of our mission in Mcdonald’s and part of the charities to reach out to community groups that are doing positive things in the community and trying to enhance their efforts,” said Herb Washington, president Ronald McDonald House. “Oftentimes groups like the boys and girls club, they need supplies, they need leadership, and sometimes they need money to help them in their endeavors.”
The money will go to replace and repair about 75 percent of the game room equipment, some of which is actually broken and can’t be used.
Board members said the kids have also been asking for a ping-pong table to use.
“Part of our programming is to allow the children to have the opportunity to just play and be children, and our game room’s important for that,” said Executive Director Rachel Kerns. “ What people don’t realize is, for example, a piece of equipment could have a piece missing, could be used as a weapon, could be dangerous, a child could accidentally hurt themselves, so we have to make sure that the equipment is safe for our children.”
The Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown serves about 100 kids every day. Parents are charged $7 a year, but the cost for each child annually is about $500.