Fentress County Boys & Girls Club closes due to lack of money

Fentress County Boys & Girls Club closes due to lack of money

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The event at York Elementary School in Jamestown could be the club's final activity because the club that has run out of money. The event at York Elementary School in Jamestown could be the club's final activity because the club that has run out of money.
"There's not a whole lot to do at home," Benji Brannan said. "There's not a whole lot to do at home," Benji Brannan said.
"We had management problems," explained Cassandra Koger. "We had management problems," explained Cassandra Koger.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

JAMESTOWN (WATE) - The Fentress County Boys and Girls Club held a Christmas party Tuesday night. The event at York Elementary School in Jamestown could be the club's final activity because the club that has run out of money.

Staff members say the club, which caters to about 100 kids, must close because former members of the Board of Directors dropped the ball on fundraising.

"We had management problems," explained Cassandra Koger. "They stopped doing the big fundraisers to support us, and step by step we were falling apart."

Koger says the only way the club can stay open in 2013 is by raising at least $40,000 by the end of 2012. That amount is needed in order to merge with another local club chapter.

Staff members say they do not think there is much hope of saving the club.

At Tuesday's party, Benji Brannan was given the club's monthly award for good behavior. The 12-year-old is the son of a single mom in a tough financial situation.

Benji 's dropped off at the club every day.

"There's not a whole lot to do at home," Benji said. "We got rid of all our toys, so there's not anything to play with."

The closing of the club puts parents in tough situation because they will no longer have a safe, learning environment for their kids.

"Financially, we have to find babysitters and we have six kids. And there's no way we can manage that, no way at all," explained Claude Crabtree Jr.

Three of Crabtree's kids were at the Christmas party.

"If people are sick or hurting or they don't have anything to do, then they can come here and have a fun time. It may not be the best place in the world, but one of our slogans is that this is a positive place for kids," Crabtree said.

Though the club will close, some staff members are trying to organize a Christmas for Benji's family. If you'd like to help with that you can call Edana Koger at (931) 879-1931.

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