Yesterday (Oct. 12), The Boys & Girls Club of Harlem received a generous donation to keep its doors open.
The organization's operations budget, which has been under tremendous pressure due to enormous shifts in federal, state and private funding was saved at the last minute.
A hometown hero opened up his wallet to come to the rescue. It's reported Diddy donated over $60,000 to the organization.
“Mr. Combs' contribution comes at a time when we were faced with the possibility of eliminating existing programs and/or club sites. 100% of Mr. Combs' contribution will go directly to the young people, and provide educational, recreational and social enrichment programs allowing us to move forward as a club, uninterrupted," said Willie C. Bentley, Jr. Board Member and Resource Development Chair.
“Being from Harlem, I heard they needed help, and I wanted to help,” Diddy told the Daily News. This “is something that I am proud to do.”
“The contribution puts the club in a good place for the time being,” Bentley added.
Diddy's donation will go to basketball games, math and reading tutors, plus gym classes for the 3,000 kids who attend the sites located on W. 144th St., W. 133th St., Amsterdam Ave. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.