Donations still needed to create the perfect hangout
By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
The Boys and Girls Club of Morrison County (BGCMC) is getting help from the 2014 Leadership Lindyland group. The twenty-two members put their heads together and came up with the plan to make the BGCMC’s new location on the west side of Little Falls a huge success.
“We knew we wanted to help the Boys and Girls Club. We just needed to narrow down the project,” said member Cassie Larkin.
The group brainstormed with officials from the BGCMC about what they wanted. They chose to help furnish a teen room when they learned it had the biggest need. Currently, the space set aside for the 15-20 teens who are members of the BGCMC holds two couches and a radio.
The next meeting was with 10 of the teens who were chosen to help. The Leadership Lindyland members got a wish list of items they wanted incorporated into their space.
“Some things we had to nix,” said Larkin. “There were safety issues with some items and some were too expensive.”
“This is going to be a great project,” said member Lisa Nelson. “The new building is a huge difference compared to where the club is now located. It has about three – four times the space.”
“This is the most expensive project Leadership Lindyland has ever done,” said member Jeanne Lee.
To date, the group has raised more than $2,500 in cash along with many donated items to furnish the 24-foot by 24-foot area.
The teen room will have four separate areas. One will be for snacks and includes a microwave. Another will have a 100-inch projection screen with a projector, couches, end tables and a sound system. A raised area will be set aside for games and a fourth area will contain tables and chairs and be used for eating and doing homework.
The teen room will include rope lights, black lights, bean bag chairs and storage cubicles, all asked for by the teens.
One wall will have the words “Teen Room” done in graffiti. Another wall will be painted with chalkboard paint so it can be written on. The colors will be neon.
Leadership Lindyland members began their fundraising work in mid-March. So far they have received end tables, a coffee table and two couches. For the kitchen area, a microwave and refrigerator have been donated. A screen and projector, stereo system, board games, table and chairs have all been received.
“What I like best about this project is that it will be used for years to come,” said Leadership Lindyland member Rosi Przybilla. “When the decision for this project was made, so many great ideas came up. There was teamwork and our goals were met so quickly. Everyone responded to the idea quickly.”
“The younger kids will look forward to the time they can use the room,” said Lee.
“The teens are excited the space will be for their use only,” said Larkin.
Nelson said she was impressed with the amount of donations.
“Everyone is hit up so much for different donations,” she said. “But people kept donating. People seemed excited to be donating to a teen room.”
Last minute items still needed to create the perfect hangout include a gently used or new couch, bean bag chairs, a sound system, paint supplies, a small kitchen island and storage cubbies. To donate, contact Gina Vetter at the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce at (320) 632-5155.
Leadership Lindyland members are nominated by their place of employment. The program gathers a diverse group of people and enhances each person’s professional and individual leadership skills. The program has been in existence since 2000.