- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Wilmington Boys & Girls Club may need to close after officials said nearly $300,000 worth of heating, ventilation and air conditioning units and wiring were stolen from the club’s roof.

Vandals got onto the roof of the H. Fletcher Brown Boys & Girls Club in northeast Wilmington over the weekend and tore the HVAC units apart, likely for scrap, Rachael Kane, the club’s director, told the News Journal of Wilmington (https://delonline.us/1Mx0JwY).

The units are the only source of air distribution for the club, which serves more than 200 of the city’s youth through child care and education programs.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware President George Krupanski said that those most hurt by the thefts will be the children.

“I do not understand why anyone would want to hurt them, some of the poorest and neediest in the city,” he said. “Our programs may need to close. Parents who need the club for child care will be unable to work. It’s difficult to comprehend why anyone would do this - especially at Christmas.”

Officials said that the club was already in a financially difficult situation and is now stuck waiting on an insurance claim that could take months to process.

Those looking to donate and support the club can go onto the Boys & Girls Clubs website at bgclubs.org/donate and select the H. Fletcher Brown Club as the designated recipient of the funds.

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This story has been changed to correct the name of the H. Fletcher Brown Boys & Girls Club.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., https://www.delawareonline.com


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