Boys and Girls Club kicks off Adopt-A-Child campaign

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LAWTON, Okla._The Salvation Army’s 5th annual Adopt-A-Child campaign is underway, and local officials have their sights set on beating last year’s goal of $38,000.

By adopting or sponsoring a child at the Lawton Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army Lieutenant Israel Roseno says you help ensure their education, safety and success in life.

“The higher risk hours for kids are after school all the way until their parents get home, which is 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and that’s the time where we, the Salvation Army, step in and they receive quality education, activities, nutrition, access to our computer lab, we provide a safe environment where otherwise they would be at home unsupervised, which could escalate to problems, gang related, drug, pornography, poor nutrition, you name it the list goes on and on,” said Lt. Roseno.

Roseno says it costs the Salvation about $300 to sponsor a child. He says every dollar counts, and that for every one dollar donated, $0.84 goes directly toward their mission.

The Lawton Fort Sill Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club averages between 65 and 70 children each day. The extra money raised in this campaign will help provide those children with extra nutrition, after school programs, sports, character building programs and transportation to get them to the Salvation Army.

If you would like to make a donation, you can make a credit card payment over the phone by calling 580-355-1802.

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Boys and Girls Club to give award, feature reality stars

The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club dinner will recognize an influential community member and feature two television personalities.

Jet and Cord McCoy, contestants on CBS’ The Amazing Race, will guest speak at the April 15 event honoring Sue Nelson as recipient of the Don Bodard Friend of Youth Award. Sarah Weeks, member of the Boys and Girls Club Advisory Committee, said the award is bestowed to an advocate for youth.

“The Friend of Youth Award is given out to someone in the community who works very hard to support youth activities,” Weeks said.

Nelson, of Vision Bank, was nominated by previous award winners and exceeds the criteria.

“She’s been very active in the community for a long time,” Weeks said. “She’s a Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary member and helps with many youth activities and events.”

The event starts at 6 p.m. with a tour of The Boys and Girls Club. The club received an Avedis Foundation grant for renovations, which are scheduled for completion by the event date. The evening will then feature a silent and live auction.

The McCoy brothers, Oklahoma natives, will speak. The duo competed in seasons 16 and 18 of The Amazing Race and is currently participating in All-Star season 24.

Tickets are available for $25 and all proceeds from the dinner will support the Shawnee Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. To purchase tickets, call the club at 405-273-1470.

By Lindsey Allen

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