Sheri Samson
Theresa Thyne and Jean Justus with Boys & Girls director Brooke Sasser and club kids.

“We love to give back to the community that supports our annual Christmas Bazaar and events. This allows us the chance to present a check for $500 to this wonderful, safe place at the Boys & Girls Club here in our own town,” Theresa Thyne of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church shared.

Joined by Jean Justus, both members of the Holy Family Catholic Parish OLPH Ladies Guild, the women expressed their appreciation for the work the club was doing as Brooke Sasser proudly accepted the financial gift with the club children gathered around.

Justus spoke of her own family member being part of the Boys & Girls Club in Reno and how important it was to exist within the community, stating, “I was so happy to see them open one here. We all need to continue supporting what they do.”

Sasser gave them a quick tour and overview showing that the club not only provides a place for children to come and belong, it also allows them to be properly fed and engaged with their homework or special projects.

“By giving our kids the personal assistance they need, plus providing organized crafts and games to keep them stimulated with other kids, they keep busy and active. We help the kids and the parents in keeping The Club a fun place for everyone to be part of,” Sasser said.

With a Boys & Girls Club volunteer cleanup day scheduled on April 28, 9 a.m. to noon, Sasser stated that these funds would be a timely help in cleaning the backyard area at the Armory Building. Bringing the backyard space into a useable arena of activities is the current vision in facilitating the upcoming Summer Program. With an outdoor basketball court, walkways and a corner garden, local children can experience different choices while expanding the activities outdoors. Club staff is excited to see community residents come out to assist in this morning of volunteering hours to fix up a space that has been neglected for many years.