A local Boys and Girls Club in Augusta is reaching out to the community for help after a burglary earlier this month forced the facility to close.
The Dogwood Terrace Boys and Girls Club at 747 15 Ave., was closed Oct. 1 after burglars stole televisions and computers and vandalized the facility. Two flat screen televisions, three Dell laptops and several iPads were taken.
The vandals, who have not yet been found, damaged the gymnasium floors and walls, where they sprayed a fire extinguisher, and broke windows in doors of some classrooms.
As news of the incident began to circulate, Bridgett Carrington, the finance director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the CSRA, created a GoFundMe account this past weekend.
“We had some people call into the office and ask how they can help and several of our board members reached out to us about their friends and families who were also asking what they can do to help,” she said. “So we figured with all the calls and with people reaching we could start the GoFundMe page and post it on our Facebook.”
The monetary goal is $25,000. As of Wednesday $210 has been raised. Carrington said funds will go toward replacing items such as gym equipment and computers.
“Program supplies mean so much to the students.” she said. “So anything that the (fire extinguisher) residue got on was ruined.”
The building, which is owned by the Augusta Housing Authority, is expected to soon reopen after some minor repairs and cleanup.
Those interested in donating can visit the GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/help-dogwood-terrace, or contact Carrington at (706) 504-4071 ext.