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Fundraiser to Help Boys & Girls Club That Was Robbed
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LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- When Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club director Rory Johnson went outside to try and figure out why it was so hot in the building, he was in for a shock. All seven central air units were gone.

"My heart just sank and I was devastated. How could anyone do something like this to our children?" Johnson said.

The hundreds of youngsters using the club were equally stunned.

"How could somebody do something like that to the club? This is where we come to be safe at," Johnson said. "It just changed the Club climate. It hasn't changed the programs and the hearts and the passion that each and every one of us comes in here with each day, looking forward to our kids with their smiles."

Despite insurance, Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Club Chief Operating Officer Missy Dugan says replacing 16 units at three clubs and beefing up security systems at all 27 Metro Clubs could reach as much as $500,000.

"It saddens me that someone would take resources away from an organization that every single day affects the lives of so many children in Metro Atlanta," Dugan said.

Despite taking the air condition units, Johnson says the spirit and mission at the club has remained intact.

"You can take our air, but you can't take our souls. You can't take our character and integrity. We still stand by our kids," Johnson said.

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