Posted by: Barry | October 9, 2010

“A solid reputation throughout Mingo County”

The Williamson Daily News carried a front-page article yesterday on the recent gift that BB&T made to our Afterschool program.  It does not seem to be on their website yet, but the full text is below. 

I’m especially proud of the first paragraph that Associate Editor Terry May gave his article.  Our thanks to the WDN for their coverage.

Kermit BB&T presents generous gift to ABLE Families

by Terry L. May, Associate Editor

KERMIT — A small nonprofit organization based in Kermit has built a solid reputation throughout Mingo County and in portions of Wayne County and Pike and Martin Counties for the work it performs and the dedication it has for it service area.

Because of this it is not surprising that several businesses — like the Kermit branch of BB&T Bank  — are willing to work alongside of and partner with ABLE Families.  The group is in its 16th year of service to the area with an array of community outreach projects.

One of those projects, the agency’s afterschool program –which is now in its 11th year and has benefitted hundreds of children in the communties that make up Kermit — was  the beneficiary of a large collection of new supplies recently donated by BB&T.

Included among the new items are a t-ball set, a giant croquet set, a giant beach ball, a scoop toss set, a tug of war rope, a giant chess set, a giant checkers set, and several new children’s books.  Altogether, the BB&T gift was valued at more than $800 worth of items.

“BB&T wants to make the communities in which we live and work better places to be.  ABLE Families is certainly making a difference in the Kermit community, so we’re proud to be a part of what they’re doing,” said Rebecca Baer, Financial Center Leader at the Kermit branch.

Baer’s staff participated in a recent field day with the agency’s afterschool children at the Kermit community park.  Many of the new supplies purchased by the bank were put to good use at the event.

“BB&T has provided some great resources for our students.  We’re honored that they recognize and understand the importance of what we’re doing here,” said ABLE Families executive director Barry Hudock.

Hudock said the Kermit program serves approximately 25 students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade every weekday.  Children receive homework help, enriching activities, exercise, and a nutritious snack every day.  The enriching activities include dulcimer lessons, singing lessons, and visits from notable children’s authors.

“BB&T made this gift at their own initiative,” Hudock said.  “They have seen that we are making a difference in our community and we are honored by their donation.  They are really benefitting some local kids in a great way.”

ABLE Families offers the entire afterschool program at no charge to any local child who wishes to participate. 

“We operate on donations,” Hudock said.  “Our corporate partners and individual supporters are very important to us.”

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