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Boys and Girls Club searching for new home

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - For the past few weeks, the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand has had more on its plate than usual. Now, on top of helping mold hundreds of kids' futures, the club is in fear of its own. 

"We were a little stressed when we first found out,” explained Dione Buonto, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand.

Just a few weeks ago the club learned the building it's used since 2009 will be demolished.

That building is owned by Horry County Schools, and it's part of a construction project that will bring in a new middle school.

The Boys and Girls Club holds no grudges, tt's now just focused on finding a new place to go.

"We would be impacting about 100 and 120 kids through our after school program should we not be able to find a facility,” said Buonto.

“We're like a family at the Boys and Girls Club, and I didn't want it to break apart,” explained Zaria Brown, a member of the teen club.

In the middle of all the stress and commotion, one longtime member of the club thinks she has a solution.

Zaria Brown, who is only 15, organized a Boys and Girls Club day at Kudzu Bakery on July 14th. There, they'll look for donations to help find a new home. The club will also have a table to hold raffles and teach the community more about what it’s all about.

Brown says the club has changed her life, and hopes people will open their hearts and wallets so kids down the road have that same opportunity.

"Because they're the future,” Brown said with a smile. “They're the next generation and I want the next generation to be bigger, have big ideas, to be successful."

While that won't fix everything, it's another step closer to a solution. The club says it will continue working around the clock to figure something out, and now just hopes someone in the community might step up too.

"The community has always been there for us, and I think they are going to continue to be there for us,” said Buonto. “So all you can do is say a little prayer and hope for the best. We're going to find a solution, whether it's a temporary one or a bright and shiny one."

If you have any ideas on a new building for the Boys and Girls Club, or have some other way of helping out, the club asks you contact it.

You can stop by one of the two sites, or contact the group through its website http://www.bgclubgs.org/ or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boys-Girls-Club-of-The-Grand-Strand/116232611738068   

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