Youth Center needs our help

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I would like to make a comment regarding your front-page article, “Youth Center could be closing,” in the Dec. 2 News Messenger. In addition to all the after-school activities mentioned in the article, I became aquatinted with the ReDirect organization on Monday evenings last winter/spring during soccer games for boys and girls at the gym of the Lincoln Christian Life Center on Highway 193. I was impressed with the care and compassion Karen and Juan Hernandez provided the 20 to 30 youths, ages from 7 through 18, who were playing there. An organization like this in our midst must not fail for lack of funds. The Lincoln Knights of Columbus, of which I am a member, is willing to donate $1,200 toward that end. Gerold Voigt, Lincoln Will you join the Lincoln Youth Center in developing our youth and building a stronger community? A gift of ____$5,000 ____$2,500 ____$1,200 ____$600 ____$300 ____other I would like to donate monthly $ _______ ____ I would like my gift to remain anonymous ____ Check is enclosed Print Name Signature Date Phone E-mail Address City Zip The Youth Center is jointly operated by the Lincoln Police Activities League, a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization, tax ID # 91-1764910 and ReDirect a 501 (c)3 tax id #80-0142044. For additional information contact Karen Hernandez (916) 223-6870; e-mail Please detach and mail to: Lincoln Police Activities League, P.O. Box339, Lincoln CA 95648 Editor’s note – That article said that there only enough funding to keep the Youth Center open until May unless community donations come in. The nonprofit organization needs $2,000 a month to stay open three days a week, according to Karen Hernandez. To help the Youth Center stay open, The News Messenger is printing the organization’s pledge coupon above.