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Boys and Girls Club close to goal
Donations helping pay for new air conditioner unit
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Robert Clampett, president and CEO of CORE Credit Union, presented the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County a $5,000 check to help with their unexpected HVAC replacement. Ron Wright, left, of the Boys and Girls Club, accepted the donation. - photo by Special

A generous community is helping solve a dilemma by donating almost enough money to pay for a new heating and air conditioning unit for the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County.

The old unit is beyond repair, and patching it no longer works. But a brand new 25-ton replacement is on the way. It will cost $23,500, but community donations have poured in since a Statesboro Herald article published June 19 prompted several groups, businesses and individuals to pony up. The goal is only $5,000 short as of Thursday, said Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Mike Jones.

 “The unit is ordered and should be here in a few weeks,” he said, “This community never ceases to amaze me. “ Other areas he has lived have never measured up to the generosity and compassion of Bulloch County residents, he said.

“As soon as it (the article) hit the paper, the donations and inquiries (about how to help) came pouring in,” he said.

Several civic organizations and businesses, as well as individual people, have opened their pockets to help keep the kids cool during the summer and warm in winter.

The Statesboro Kiwanis Club donated $5,000, as did CORE Credit Union.

“When I saw the article in the Statesboro Herald that the Boys& Girls Club was in need, I knew it was the right thing to do,” said CORE President and CEO Robert Clampett. “I immediately contacted the (CORE) Board of Directors and received unanimous approval.”

The current unit is almost 15 years old and club volunteers keep it “pumped full of Freon,” Jones said, until the new unit arrives. The 25-ton unit heats and cools the common room and the gymnasium. Individual classrooms are independently cooled and heated and have been used as a temporary location for the 300 kids that arrive daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for summer programs.

 Jones feels hopeful that further donations will cover the additional $5,000 needed, he said.

Donations may be made via the club’s website (www.bgcbulloch.org) or the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County Facebook page.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

 

 

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