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Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County said at times they are having to turn kids away.
The club, which provides a safe environment for children ages 6-18, has been forced to turn away dozens of children, some of whom live in dangerous communities.
"We don't have enough space, enough staff, enough volunteers to meet the needs," says Jane Sutter, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County. "It's awful. I hate turning kids away."
Darvee Lovan, 17, went to the club a couple weeks ago and was turned away.
"The streets are crazy," said Lovan. "I like to stay away from all of that. I really try not to focus on that."
Like most nonprofits the club is desperately in need of donations and volunteers.
"One hundred of our youth have asked for a mentor and I think we have about 45 right now," said Sutter.
The cost to enroll a child into the program is $5 for the entire summer, but it is on a first-come-first-served basis. Those waning to volunteer should call the club at 525-9191.