New additions made to Boys and Girls Club in Durant

DURANT, Okla. (KXII) -- The Boys and Girls Club in Durant is making repairs and additions just before school starts.

Earlier this year, the Boys and Girls Club in Durant moved into their new home at the old Durant Middle School.

Since then, thanks to donations from the community, the group has made new repairs to the building including adding a new playground.

"You know, the playground equipment was just a huge blessing to this club," Director of Operations Larry Paschal said. "We just needed it, the kids have loved it so far. It just couldn't have come at a better time for us. We just have so many kids, we need to keep them busy."

The new playground was installed by volunteers last month as they were donated from Durant schools in the area.

The group plans on putting in a fence, putting new ground surface, and painting the new playground this weekend.

Other additions include making a Reading Oasis Room for the kids and a room for teens to hang out.

"The teen room has been redone through donations from people in the community which is that the teens are loving it, a nice place to go to and kind of have their own area of the club," Paschal said.

"We're getting ready to put in a new air conditioning system and heat for the gym cause we've never had heat or air in the gym so the kids will enjoy that," Executive Director Larry Long said.

The Boys and Girls Club rely on donations from the community to make the kids' lives easier and safer.

"We wouldn't exist without it," Long said. "We're a non profit organization and the people out there that believe in us and care about us and they'll give."

"We appreciate the community's support and the Boys and Girls Club couldn't be in a better community," Paschal said.

And the kids of the Boys and Girls Club will now be able to enjoy the new additions because of community support.

"We just really appreciate the people in the Durant community that care about our kids and make sure we keep the kids busy and safe and off the streets," Long said.

Several local organizations have helped make donations to the Boys and Girls Club as now Lowe's is joining in on asking for donations for the club nationally.

Customers are able to make donations as the local club will receive 50 percent of the donated money and donations are accepted until September 5th.

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