In celebration of Boys & Girls Clubs Week, members of the Edinburg Police and Fire Department volunteered as food servers during the Kids Café Program.

Boys & Girls Clubs Week celebrates what the Club’s offer and the positive influence caring adults has on the lives of youth every day.

“Many kids only see our fire and police officers when there is a crisis”, said Sabrina Walker-Hernandez, Chief Professional Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV, “We wanted to provide a positive environment where the kids, firemen and police officers could interact. The kids were really impressed that they took the time from their schedules to serve them.”

The ‘servers’ not only assisted in food preparation but they also served over 120 meals and drinks to the Club kids. In the course of their interaction with the kids, firemen and police officers asked, “What is it like being a police officer?” How Can I be a fireman when I grow up?” The firemen and Police Officers took the time to answer each question.

Ubaldo Perez, Deputy Fire Chief for the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department, reveals his fondness for the club kids when he says “This has been an awarding experience for me. Each kid has a different approach when they want more then their have of cup of cool-aid. They forget they have a red ring around their mouth as evidence that they have been served!”

The Boys & Girls Club has played an integral role in the Edinburg community for 39 years, providing daily programs and services to over 16,000 young people. During the School year the Club is open Monday — Friday, 3:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and during the summer and all ECISD school breaks the hours are 7:30 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

The Club offers programs that emphasize character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, and sport, fitness and recreation. If you would like to learn more about the Club or would like to make a contribution please contact Sabrina Walker-Hernandez, Chief Professional Officer at 956.383.2582 or email swalker@edinburgkids.com or you can text “CLUB” to 20222 to donate $5.00.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Edinburg Rio Grande Valley is a proud City of Edinburg partner and Hidalgo County United Way Agency.