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Boys & Girls Club steps up outreach efforts

Emily Ness
Updated: March 22, 2020 10:47 PM

The Boys & Girls Club of the Northland is stepping up their outreach efforts despite being closed due to COVID-19 concerns.

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The organization says they intend to continue providing youth with dinner through grab-and-go bags. These will be available on weekdays—beginning Monday at the Lincoln Park location from 5:00-6:00pm. Care packages complete with things like hand sanitizer and soap will also be given out.

Other efforts to support youth during this difficult time include keeping them entertained and helping them adapt to distanced learning.

“We have games that they can stop by and pick up, playing cards, books. We’re just trying to be a resource for them in any way possible. Another concern as we move to that distance learning is that a lot of our youth do look to us for homework help. We’re going to try and find ways to continue doing that virtually,” Tammy Sundbom, Resource Development Director said.

These outreach efforts come after the Boys & Girls Club had to postpone one of their biggest fundraisers of the year in April. Consequently, they say donations are helpful and appreciated in their ongoing efforts to support youth.

“Our staff has been working so hard to figure out how they can continue to support these kids and be relevant during this time when I think there's so many wonderful businesses doing the same thing and we're just trying to do our part,” Sundbom said.

Those who would like to donate to the Boys & Girls Club can contact them at (218) 725-7706.

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