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ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- The St. Lucie County Firefighters will hit the streets and hold a boot drive in support of the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County on Feb.1 and 2 at various locations throughout the county.
The money raised will enable youth to participate in the Boys & Girls Clubs youth development programs.
In September, the Boys & Girls Club announced the Chuck Hill Unit was in danger of closing its doors if $150,000 wasn't raised to help fund the club.
It costs the organization $1,000 per child to have them as members in after school programs per year. Costs are kept as low as $10 per year for members as many are on free or reduced lunch.
In support of these efforts, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara and former city Councilman Jack Kelly agreed to shave their heads if the $150,000 was raised. St. Lucie County Fire Chief Ron Parrish has also agreed to shave his head in support of the kids.
The Chuck Hill Unit opened its doors one year ago in a response to a neighborhood in need of a youth development program and currently serves 150 members.
In a time when hundreds of children and teens in St. Lucie County are not receiving the guidance they need to graduate from high school, avoid the effects of violence, gangs and drugs, or become responsible adults, the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County is there to help children and young adults.
The Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the youth of the community.
For more information, call (772) 460-9918 or visit www.bgcofslc.org.