|Published:||Dec 07, 2012 9:18 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 07, 2012 10:56 PM EST|
NAPLES, Fla - Research shows Collier County has more than 10,000 "latch-key" kids who need a safe place to go after school.
Tonight, that call for help is being answered. The Salvation Army and Naples Philanthropist Myra Janco Daniels are teaming up to build a major education center.
The Salvation Army in East Naples serves 80 elementary school children at its daycare and the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County has reached capacity.
"We know there are always 400 children within a three mile radius of where we are that have no after school what so ever," says Chirs Nind with the Salvation Army.
The non-profit reached out to Myra Daniels hoping for help to build at "latch-key" center for students and the founder of the Philharmonic accepted the challenge.
"There's a need. If there's a need there's an answer to that need. It doesn't take many of us. If I had gold in my teeth I would sell that gold for this," says Daniels.
The 21,000 square foot facility will be built on 3.2 acres of land on the corner of Airport Road and Estey Avenue in East Naples.
Kids in Kindergarten all the way up through 12th grade wil be able to go there after school to learn more about art, music and even sports.
"My philosophy is if you can catch children in the moldable stage you can give them a big gift," says Daniels.
Now, organizers are working to raise at least $5 million to build the facility, plus a little extra for operating costs.
"I'm a person who sets goals and I've got to reach them and I hope the community doesn't disappoint me," says Daniels.
A fundraising campaign has raised $800,000. The plan is to break ground in the spring of 2013 and have the center up and running by 2014.
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