LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - School is out in just over a month for Lawton Public School students, and to prepare for the influx of children and longer operating hours, the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club held their 7th Annual Adopt-A-Child Banquet on Thursday.
The banquet is their annual campaign, which aims to cover the expenses of the children who go to the Boys and Girls Club. Officials said it normally takes about $300 per a child a year, so they turn to the community to sponsor children and help keep the program going.
14-year-old Jamiea Goggins has been going to the club for three years. In addition to playing basketball and making friends she said going to the Boys and Girls Club after school has kept her in line.
"I'd probably be getting into some trouble,” Goggins said. “I don't know what I'd be doing if I wasn't here."
She also said the program helped her out in school.
“I come here after school and do some homework,” she said.
Captain Israel Roseno said the money raised during the campaign helps them to keep their doors open during the summer, allowing them to better invest in the community's youth.
"The less kids that we have in the streets, just doing nothing and getting in trouble it's better for our community,” Roseno said. “And we want to invest in the future of our kids. This is not only the future but as well as the present kids and citizens of Lawton so we want to make sure the community helps us take care of them." Roseno said while their goal is 300 dollars a child, they are happy to take any donation.
Anyone who would like to donate to the Boys and Girls Club, can contact the organization at 355-1802.