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May 26, 2014

Organization asking for help

OCILLA —

Operation Save Our Youth (OSOY) is in need of support for their 2014 calendar year and summer program.

OSOY's summer program will commence June 2 at the Neighborhood Center in Ocilla. The hours of operation are from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The program is requesting financial support, volunteers, mentors and equipment donations. They need bicycles for children ages 17 and below, footballs, basketballs, baseball, table tennis and board games.

Donation categories include $1-99 (Eagle), $100-199 (Bronze), $200-499 (Silver), $500-999 (Gold) and $1,000 and above (Platinum). Their teenagers are also in need of summer jobs/career exploration opportunities (washing cars, pressure washing, cutting grass, etc). These jobs can be either full- or part-time.

The purpose of OSOY is to give youth a safe, drug-free place for leisure, recreation, socialization and education. The children learn or enhance their knowledge of manners, respect, character development, drug awareness and abstinence. Available activities include pool, foosball, basketball, computer operations/key boarding, biking, volleyball, softball/baseball and table games.

A key aspect of the program is mentorship. OSOY believes children perform best when they have someone to help guide and mentor them along life’s way. The program has partnered with Irwin County Family Connections, Irwin County Recreation Program, the Irwin County School System and United Way of South Central Georgia.

Those who would like to make a financial or equipment donation, want to volunteer or mentor, or have job/career exploration opportunities for youth, contact President Ramon Bryant at 229-325-1914 or ramon.bryant@rocketmail.com, Program Manager Katrina Bryant at 229-457-4390 or Executive Director Reggie Miller at 229-450-4289 or regmiller@aol.com.

"Your cooperation and support are greatly appreciated," says OSOY organizers.

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