AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Today, the Maverick Boys and Girls Club held a luncheon to raise money, which they say they desperately need.
The Maverick Boys and Girls Club provides free after school programs for children in the Amarillo and Canyon Area.
"We have three sets of programs. They are academic success, healthy lifestyles, good character and leadership," said CEO of the Maverick Boys and Girls Club Kimber Daniels.
During the luncheon, a 13-year-old from Amarillo spoke about how the club changed his life.
"I used to live with my mom. She did drugs. She went to jail," said Malachi, "At the time, I didn't know how to deal with it, it felt like it was my fault."
He told the crowd his life changed once he was introduced to the Maverick Boys and Girls club.
"We move kids forward, said Daniels. "We give them the drive and the dream to know that they can do anything they want to do."
This year, Daniels says they didn't receive the amount of money from grants they have in the past, so today they held a luncheon to raise money.
"Why this luncheon is so important to us is that over this past year we've lost almost a quarter of a million dollars in funding," said Daniels.
The cut in funds has caused the club to turn children away from their programs because they don't have the room.
There is now a waiting list with 100 names on it. The club also had to close some of its sites.
Malachi said he hopes they raise enough money to help others the way the Mavericks Boys and Girls Club helped him.
"If you are going through something like that I went through, don't let it get to you. Keep your head up," said Malachi.
To donate to the Maverick Boys and Girls Club, click here.