by Anayeli Ruiz
BIG SPRING - The Salvation Army in Big Spring is facing a major challenge. They help provide a place for the Boys and Girls Club to meet but now they're running out of room. Construction is now underway on a new place for the kids to meet with their mentors but they're going full force with not enough funds.
"We provide them a safe environment to come learn the right things for their lives and to come and just play and be a kid. Somewhere safe that they can call their own," Captain Ed Cheshire, with the Big Spring Salvation Army, said.
The Boys and Girls Club has been a part of Big Spring for more than five years. It has grown so much that they are in great need of a new building.
"Sometimes we have overlap because we have building full of kids and a building full of adults. We really found that there is a need to have their own facility to learn and play," Cheshire said.
The Boys and Girls Club had been using the administration building for many years and sometimes in the summer they have too many kids and they can't take them all.
"We'll have to put some kids on the waiting list because of staff and space, we can only allow so many children. We set a limit of 100 kids for our day camp program," Cheshire said.
So for the past three years, they have been planning on getting a building of their own. In this project, the kids will have a new building that will include classrooms, computer rooms, game rooms and even a gym. The price tag for the new building $2.9 million.
"We have the majority of that in pledges and in trust but we are still needing some funds somewhere in the $600,000-$800,000," Cheshire said.
Although the Salvation Army doesn't have enough money, they are moving forward with the construction.
"Were not going to let that stop us from building a building but we don't want to let our bills pile up for too long," Cheshire said.
So in the meantime, they plan to raise as much money as they can to open up the building.
"We're going to put this building up. The kids need the facility. We'll continue our fundraising efforts far beyond then what is necessary to make sure we do pay for everything," Cheshire said.