With a donation of 250 beautiful handmade masks from IBM employees country-wide, and with the generous offer of their Hayden Building from friends at Dream Fields, the Boys & Girls Club opened their Summer Program on June 22. Pictured on the right from left, Harmony Robins, Andre Robins, Edmund “E.J.” Smith, Jr., and Jamarius Monroe were among the first group of club members, ages 6 to 9, to enjoy the games and activities planned for them at Dream Fields. This is one of three sites where the summer program is taking place with, at present, a maximum of 25 youth allowed at each site.
“We are grateful to Otis Jones of IBM for organizing this incredible donation of age-appropriate masks,” says BGCNN executive director Phillip Mumford. “Throughout this entire spring we have been uplifted by the generosity of so many individuals and organizations in our community who came forth to offer online lessons and activities and to contribute to our “Club on the Go” bags each week. The most recent of these was the Rappahannock Garden Club that has awarded Walmart gift certificates to our tomato contest winners Heather and John Headley. Thank you, Joni Carter, for initiating our garden project and Margie Redlin for donating the tomato plants and arranging the gift certificates and awards for Heather and John.”