Good Folks of York County helps Boys and Girls Clubs December 5, 2012 

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The Boys and Girls Clubs of York County asks its members to dream big, always strive to succeed and live a healthy lifestyle.

The hopeful result is good things will happen to them.

To make that happen, the Boys and Girls Clubs needs help with transportation.

On Wednesday, the Good Folks of York County, a charitable organization with a simple role – raise money for worthy causes – responded.

More than 340 “good folks” filled the banquet room at the Baxter Hood Center, then filled holiday baskets with donations. Santa’s helpers, the mayors of the cities and towns in York County, went from table to table, collecting cash and checks.

The goal was to exceed last year’s total of $70,000. Organizers said they should reach that goal and beyond. A final tally won’t be known until next week, after expenses are deducted.

A thankful David Carriker, executive director and chief professional officer for the Boys and Girls Clubs, said the donations will help buy one, maybe two 40- to 60-passenger buses. The group is seeking grant money to pay for the buses, and the donations will be used as a local match.

“My job is to take that dollar as far as I can,” Carriker said.

The buses will be used to help take children to club centers and summer camp. Most importantly, Carriker said, they will be used to take club members on field trips.

Field trips can make learning fun and make a big difference in student success, Carriker said.

The donation from the Good Folks comes at a time of great need for the Boys and Girls Clubs. This year, the clubs almost doubled in attendance – now serving more than 500 children.

About 200 youth attended the clubs’ “Camp Eagle,” held during spring break, and 200 attended the “Mission Possible” summer day camp.

Since school started, the Boys and Girls Clubs have opened a teen center serving 100 youth, and more than 300 children are in the after-school programs.

Good Folks of York County have been raising money for worthy causes since 1991. One of the first groups to benefit from their donations was the Boys and Girls Clubs, which used the money to buy a van. Before this year, Good Folks has raised more than $725,000 for area charitable groups.

Don Worthington 803-329-4066

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