Member & Family Stories
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Ready For a Great Summer!
I’m Mercedes and this is my story.
As a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton, Mercedes spent her summers in a safe and caring environment for years. In her teens, Mercedes decided not to attend the Boys & Girls Club for the summer.
Here’s how her decision nearly took Mercedes down the wrong path, and how she found her way back home to her Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton.
“Ready for a Great Summer! That’s exactly how I felt a couple of summers ago when I started hanging out with what I thought were going to be some great new friends.
Soon I found myself starting to go to parties and places that I’d only heard about, and have to say wasn’t sure this is what I should be doing. That’s when I began to worry I might be getting in over my head running with this group. I had now realized some of them were using drugs – and some of those were hardcore drugs.
That’s also about the same time I realized the big difference between this summer and my previous summers – was that I had gone to the Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton all my summers before this one – actually, since I was eight.
“Now I was starting to get a little scared. I knew I didn’t want to go down this path. That’s when I called some friends at the Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton.”
I knew I could trust them and told them I needed some help asking them to talk to the leaders at the club. These adults had always been there for me and I knew in my heart they would be there for me now too. And they were.
They came and got me, sat me down and talked to me and welcomed me back into the club where I knew I was always safe. Looking back, I’m not going to say it was an easy call to make, but it’s the one that kept me from going down a path I knew I did not want to go down. One that I knew it would have changed my life forever since I had already seen firsthand what drugs could do to people, and knew that wasn’t for me. No way was I going to ruin my dream and all I had worked so hard for.
Fast forward to today. I just finished my freshman year at the College of Charleston where I’m a pre-med student and will be the first to tell you that where I am today has everything to do with the Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton. What I learned there and the relationships I built along the way have made a huge difference in my life.
“I’m proud of who I am, and proud to be a product of the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton.”
Thank you joining me on my journey, and for supporting my Boys & Girls Club which has made such an impact in my life. There are hundreds of Bluffton kids just like me who need your support now more than ever.
Please consider making a gift that will make all the difference for child who needs the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton to find their way back home.”
Bluffton Club Alumna
I don’t know what I would do without the Boys & Girls Club.
We’re the Codys and this is our story.
As a single mother, Jessica Cody was searching for a safe, reliable and trustworthy place for after school care for her twins, Naomi and Nate. A co-worker suggested she reach to the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton.
Here’s how the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton is part of the village Jessica needs to support her children.
”My kids love all of the activities provided for them by the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton. They also love the friends that they have made that attend other local schools.
I love that the club has discipline as structure. Along with providing a safe place for my children after school they are required to complete their homework and are constantly required to be respectful and mindful of their manner towards all staff members. I also love the family atmosphere. It’s not just after school care you are truly made to feel like family. My children are attached personally to many of the staff members.
“It truly takes a village and the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton is a major contributor to many families’ villages.”
I always speak very highly of the Boys and Girls Club of bluffton and all the staff. Ms. Molly is amazing and leads her team to always do the right thing to instill great values into our children.
To all the donors that help support the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton, thank you! Being a full time employee and a full time mom I don’t know what I would do without the Boys & Girls Club. It truly takes a village and the Boys &Girls Club of Bluffton is a major contributor to many families’ villages.”
Bluffton Club Parent
From Great Loss. To Great Gain.
We’re the Aikens and this is our story.
Nancy Aiken lost her husband when he was just 34, leaving behind two young boys for her to raise as a single, fulltime working mom.
Here’s how the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton helped her family when they needed it most.
“I’m sharing our story with you to let you all know how grateful I am that there is a place like the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton – and that your generosity is what makes stories like ours possible.
After my boys lost their father when they were 5 and 2, it wasn’t long before I realized I was going to need a lot more help than I thought. Now, as a single, fulltime working mom not only did I need to make sure my boys had strong male role models in their lives, but that they had a place to go after school where they could just be boys growing, learning, exploring boys.
That’s when I found the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton and quickly realized this was the village I needed to help me love, support and guide them. From Club sports for Dante, who is the athlete in our family to nurturing my younger son Dominic’s love of art and a reading program that helped him get back on his grade level, the programs here have been truly amazing.
“It’s because great things happen here every day – the kind most people don’t even see, but as parents we sure do.”
This Club means the world to us, my boys absolutely love it here, and I still can’t believe how much the Club has to offer. I now understand why I see all those smiling faces every day when I come to pick up my boys. It’s because great things happen here every day – the kind most people don’t even see, but as parents we sure do. Today we have the Club to thank for so much in our lives and want every one that supports this incredible place, and its staff, to know that you have truly changed our lives. You were there for us when we needed you most. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
And now, I am asking you to please continue your support of this amazing organization, their staff and volunteers knowing that every child that enters these doors is being loved, nurtured and guided in ways that will positively shape their lives forever. And, you are responsible for making all this possible. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you have done for my boys and me.”
Bluffton Club Parent Since 2016