Teen Club is Collecting Donations for Nonprofit, The Salem News, April 29, 2011

By Paul Leighton
Staff writer

BEVERLY ” The YMCA’s Teen Leaders Club is seeking donations of video games, controllers, hardware and accessories as part of the new group’s first big fundraising project.

The YMCA and GameStop of Beverly have agreed to buy back the games in exchange for cash, which the teens will donate to Harborlight Community Partners.

The Teen Leaders Club began in November 2010. The middle and high school students have volunteered at Kiwanis basketball games, YMCA dances and Beverly Bootstraps.

Harborlight Community Partners Executive Director Andrew DeFranza praised the group for its work on behalf of his nonprofit organization, which provides affordable housing for seniors.

“These young people are demonstrating a real concern for their local community by raising money to support residents of senior affordable housing,” DeFranza said.

Donations of video games and related items can be brought to the Greater Beverly YMCA (254 Essex St.) or the McPherson Youth and Teen Center (4 McPherson Drive).

Anyone with an opportunity for the club to volunteer can contact Teen Director Eric Campbell at 978-922-8655 or campbelle@northshoreymca.org.