I still remember the moment I first walked into the Boys & Girls Club. It was a day in December 1998. I arrived just as most of the kids were transitioning from one large room near the front door to the gym. I was struck by two things: 1) there were so many kids, and 2) they were so happy to be there.
Today, the 28,329 kids and teens served by the Club will not walk through our front door like I did 22 years ago. In fact, many of them will not even leave their own front door.
Yet Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County remains open to serve our kids and families who need us now more than ever. We are serving the hungry from the curb of our front doors in Arlington and Fort Worth, connecting through digital screens to provide crafted content for youth and parents, and responding to the critical needs of our city and county infrastructure. Starting today, I will provide you with daily stories on our work from the field.
Here’s a quick one. This is a photo of Brittney, one of our branch directors in Arlington. One of our young Club members was so excited to see Brittney yesterday when her mom pulled up to our Boys & Girls get dinner for her and her family that she sprang from her seat in the car, opening the door. Brittney, instantly heartbroken, told the young girl that she needed to hop back in the car and roll down the window to give her an “air hug”. Stories like these of joyful exuberance when Club members see our staff are happening all over Tarrant County in our food lines. Brittney filled up more than a hungry tummy yesterday. She filled up a heart.
Together we can,
Full Tummy. Full Heart.