• Last-minute donations save Skagit County's Boys and Girls Club

    By: Lee Stoll


    SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. - Several last-minute donations have saved the Boys and Girls Club from closing  four clubs in Skagit County this summer.

    Last month, the board announced it didn’t have the money to keep the clubs open during the school summer break.

    "Of course, that's stress to the family who asks 'What am I going to do with my child this summer when I'm working?’  It was a concern," said Pam Estvold of the Anacortes School District.

    The closure would have been another blow to working parents in the community.

    About 30 families are expecting to lose meals and educational services through the Head Start program, which is facing deep cuts from the government sequestration.

    "I was like, 'That's bad for the kids because a lot of parents have jobs and they depend on it,’" said Taylor Myers, who has been a club member for three years.

    This week, the board said the summer programs were suddenly saved. 

    The organization received several last-minute donations that will keep the clubs open all year long.

    "That was a great relief that our children are going to be in a positive program,” said Estvold.

    But club members may never know who to thank.

    The donations were anonymous.

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