State Senator’s donation gives back to hometown’s future leaders

By: Shelby Levins Email
By: Shelby Levins Email

WILSON, Okla. -- Helping troubled teens is one of the things the boys and girls club is best known for, but doing it on a tight budget can be extremely tough. They received some good news Friday, and it came in the form of a generous donation from a state senator. Shelby Levins has the story.

Oklahoma State Senator Johnnie Crutchfield handed over thousands of dollars to the Boys and Girls Club of Wilson. The donation purchased new, much-needed technology for the club, but this donation was about more than just money for both the Senator and the local nonprofit.

The Pipes sisters have called the Boys and Girls Club of Wilson home for countless afternoons, but they're not the only ones. State Senator Johnnie Crutchfield grew up just a couple of houses down and attended Wilson Schools.

“We were always scrambling for the World Books, and there were only a couple, and there were only a couple sets in the whole town. Then when I found these young people were kind of scrambling for computers…” Senator Crutchfield says.

So Crutchfield stepped up and wrote $5,000 check to buy ten new computers.

“Our future is these children over here. I guess I’m kind of proof. If you would have said someone from Wilson, Oklahoma, was going to be a State Senator, a lot of people would have laughed.”

Crutchfield says small towns like Wilson have the right people-- they're just often overlooked or lack resources, but he says organization like the Boys and Girls Club provide the support and activities kids need.

“We served 1,500 kids last year. That's quite a few kids in our area. Summer camps, after school, on the weekends - we're open 6 days a week and it really gives the kids something to do so they're on the streets,” Misty Sanders at the Boys and Girl Club of Wilson says.

Sanders used the club herself when she was a teen. Now she's the executive director. Both Sanders and Crutchfield say they're from Wilson and want to give back.

“I’m giving back to the help other kids where I was 50 years ago,” Crutchfield says.

The Pipes sisters say they'd be lost without the Boys and Girls Club, and the new computers are making homework a lot easier.

“I’d only be working on it in one class period in school. Now I can work on it after school until they close. It's a lot easier.”

The Boys and Girls Club has been in Wilson for ten years. Senator Crutchfield says he hopes the computers will help the club have many more successful years.


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  • by Dale Buckmaster Location: Wilmington, DE on Jun 11, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    Mr. Crutchfield is very generous, however I do not think it is so very surprising that there is a state senator from Wilson. I would have thought that Wilson would have produced a governor by now. A lot of talented people grew up in Wilson - some before youth clubs when the primary leisure time occupation of the boys was hanging out at the pool hall and in front of the old Thompson Theater. I don't know what the girls did - I was afraid of them. Also, I do not ever remember having to do homework.
  • by larry Location: okla. on May 11, 2009 at 08:37 AM
    Seems like "chuck" is a very negative person. Probably fired themselves for not doing the job!!!The person that is in charge has a college education.She follows rules set by her peers.No organization is perfect!!If you think you could do a better job maybe you should apply or 'volunteer' your time serving the youth of wilson, okla. and the community..--I have worked there with these children and many of them have behavior problems... maybe instead of relying on the club to take care of these children they should be at their home with their parents, who can correctly give them the attention and activities they need in order to grow. I'm not speaking for every child, because i know some parents have to work,but there are a few...is it really necessary for these kids to leave for for school at 7am and not go home until 6 at night? I think the boys and girls club is a godsend. No telling where these kids would be if not for them. Negative people like "chuck" is what causes programs to fail
  • by lisa on May 5, 2009 at 02:23 PM
    Who is running the show? I may have to watch who gets my donatations as well, this year. Think i will just keep it my own account until this is ironed out.
  • by chuck Location: usa on May 4, 2009 at 07:51 PM
    SAME CLUB FIRED A LONG TIME EMPLOYEE FOR CORRECTING A CHILD FOR SPITTING IN HER FACE.(TODAY) THE WOMAN FIRED A MOTHER OF TWO WHO TREATED THOSE KIDS AS HER OWN. WITH THE CHILDS OWN PARENTS IN THE LOOP. THE PERSON IN CHARGE, LETS JUST SAY, SHE HAS NO CHILDREN OF HER OWN TO KNOW HOW TO HANDLE A SITUATION LIKE THIS. THIS CLUB HAS SOME SERIOUS PROBLEMS THAT HAVE BEEN IGNORED FOR TOO LONG. WITH FUNDRAISING SO TOUGH, LOOKS LIKE THE LEADERSHIP NEEDS A SHAKE UP ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN!!!!!!!!
  • by CHUCK Location: USA on May 2, 2009 at 11:01 AM
    SO WHY DOSEN'T THE TEEN CENTER STAY OPEN SO THE TEENS CAN USE THIS STUFF? LOOKS GREAT ON TV AND FROM THE CURB, BUT IF THE PLACE WON'T STAY OPEN, WHO IS GETTING THE BENIFITS? THE SENATOR'S HEART IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE, JUST DON'T THINK THE MAJORITY OF THE YOUTH ARE BEING SEARVED.
  • by Texas Fight Location: TX on May 1, 2009 at 04:41 PM
    If I lived in Oklahoma, Senator Crutchfield would get my vote for sure. What an awesome thing to do for your hometown and its future. Good story (and we don't see too many of those these days)...
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