Boys and Girls Clubs in Odessa in Need of Help for New Buses 2/7/14
CBS 7 News
February 7, 2014
ODESSA, TX—Like many other businesses and programs in the area have already experienced, the oil boom has put a strain on the local Boys and Girls Clubs.
The Boys and Girls Clubs in Odessa are in need of $25,000 to purchase two buses to help pick-up kids from school.
Bill Baty, the Director of the Woodson Unit, says the Odessa locations haven’t had buses in over 30 years, and currently rely on a van that seat’s 10 to transport the children.
Between both Odessa clubs, there are nearly 300 kids enrolled which is a over 100 more than they had last year.
Baty says the buses would allow them to take the kids on field trips, and provide an overall safer vehicle for transporting the children.
“We get calls everyday from more parents asking for kids to be picked up, because they worry about their kids either walking home [and] knowing if they made it home safely,” said Baty.
Christina Tellez is a single mother of three boys who get picked up from school by the club’s van.
“There’s a lot of parents out there that have to take time out of their busy day to go and get their children [and] drop them off, and I think the extra buses would definitely help in that matter,” said Tellez.
The club says they will have to slightly adjust their prices for those who wish to have their kids picked up by what they hope will soon to be, new buses.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to help the clubs purchase these two buses can call 432-337-8389.