Eaton B-Line showed support for both the Sherman and Denison chapters of the Boys and Girls Club Tuesday by presenting each organization with a $2,500 donation.


The check presentation ceremony was held at Eaton’s facility in Sherman and was attended by Boys and Girls Club leaders and youth, as well as Eaton employees and representatives from Workforce Solutions Texoma.


“It’s a very exciting day,” Sherman Boys and Girls Club Director Mike DeLong said. “And we’re very appreciative of Eaton and all their employees for their gift to both of the clubs.”


DeLong said the donation to the Sherman club will fund the purchase of arts and crafts supplies and recreational equipment for the hundreds of children who attend the club each day. But he added that the money will carry even further and help fund several other in-house initiatives.


“Also, it’s going to provide a few scholarships for some needy kids to participate at the club,” DeLong said. “And also, we’re hoping to upgrade all of our fixtures throughout our facility and part of this is going to help us raise more money in the community so we can get that project accomplished.”


While DeLong said the manufacturer’s money will help with the bills, he expressed his hope that the contribution would serve as a teachable moment to the young club members in attendance.


“I think that they see that we have a club because of our community friends,” DeLong said. “Without them, there is no club. You’ve got to have a building, you’ve got to have a budget and that means you have to have money to run it. We wouldn’t exist without our community and companies like Eaton.”


Eaton Plant Manager Luis Barroeta led the check presentation and said the company’s employees and community outreach committee were just as happy Tuesday as those on the receiving end.


“Our people are happy because we are giving back to the community where we belong,” Barroeta said.


When asked why Eaton chose to contribute to the youth-focused program — just as it did last week with a $20,000 donation to the Advanced Manufacturing Program for high school students — Barroeta said it was the company’s way of playing the long game.


“Because they’re the future,” Barroeta said of the area’s children. “The whole idea is to invest. We are not looking at this as an expense. Eaton Corporation identified that we need to develop the community for our own good.”


And Workforce Solutions Texoma Executive Director Janie Bates told Barroeta that’s exactly what the donations would do.


“Every dollar you give to the Boys and Girls Clubs makes a difference in a child’s life,” Bates said. “Your donation to them is really helping our community and it helps parents go to work every day.”