By Sylvia Gonzalez
BIG SPRING - The Salvation Army began operating the Boys and Girls Club in Big Spring back in 2005. After two years in the works, the club has a brand new state of the art facility.
10-year-old Robin Evans has been coming to the Boys and Girls Club since she was six years old but she has learned some valuable lessons taught to her through the organization.
"It teaches us how to learn manners and follow your dreams, follow the opportunities that are given, not to be a bully, not to be rude and stuff like that," Evans said.
After breaking ground last February, the new building for the Boys and Girls Club is a dream come true for the city of Big Spring. The building was limited in what it offered the local children.
Major Orville Chamless with the Salvation Army says having a new building opens the door for new activities for the kids.
"Now they can spread out, they can play, they can read in quiet, they have computer labs that they can look up information, dance classes, music classes and we are just real excited about the things that are being offered here," Chamless said.
Not only was Thursday the grand opening of the building, there was also a big donation by ALON USA.
"It's $200,000 over five years, so $40,000 commitment from the refinery for the next five years to support the programs of the Boys and Girls Club," Jimmy Crosby, Vice President of Alon USA Big Spring Refinery, said.
Crosby said the Boys and Girls Club helps the child in their younger years and prepares them for adulthood, which he sees as an investment.
"It gives them an opportunity to work with the other people and not be shut up at home. Now, they are out with people, they get to communicate, their communication skills, everything. It rounds out a person," Crosby said.