It is hard to belive this is my 24th year working with Boys & Girls Clubs! It feels like yesterday when I became part of this awesome family that takes care of pretty amazing kids. There is so much our Clubs do throughout Lake and Porter Counties - so I want to share a personal story with you. Working at one of our Clubs, these two little boys would come to the Club every day right after school, and they were always really, really hungry. I don't know if you have kids or not, but I know when my children come home from school, they are like locusts and clear out the entire fridge and pantry! If you really think about it, some of our kids have lunch at school pretty early in the day - so no wonder they are hungry when they come home from school. Well, these two little boys lived with their single mother who worked a couple of jobs. You could tell she was just trying to hold everything together, and packing a snack for her boys after school was something forgotten often. And, because of her two jobs, she would pick them up from the Club when we closed at 7 pm. Imagine not having anything to eat from an early school lunch to who knows when in the evening for a child! I am happy to say, through the generosity of others and help from the state - our Clubs now have an after-school snack and meal program! I will tell you, these two little boys were always first in the snack line. But that bit of nourishment really helped spark their attitudes and once there was food in their bellies - they were ready to explore all our Clubs have to offer. When you make a gift to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana, you are helping more children like the ones in this story. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity!