Community center seeks donations after burglary


Chester Hynes Community Center staff are asking the public for help after losing sports and computer equipment in a burglary.

“It is quite disheartening to know that someone will steal from the children,” said Laura Hildreth, community center director for the Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department, of the burglary, which occurred on the weekend of Aug. 18.

The center’s only computer and monitor used for its after-school program were stolen from the main office and three plyometric boxes were stolen. Sporting equipment, including footballs, basketballs, kick balls and soccer balls have also been stolen during the ongoing renovations at the community center.

“If anyone is interested, we are in need of all these items and a donation would be greatly appreciated,” Hildreth said. “Our budget is depleted and we cannot replace any of these items. Please help our children to become the best they can be through education and athletics.

“Technology is important for our kids to do their homework and research. We are also in need of a copier, a fax machine, large-format printers, tablets, computers and a smart board. We want to be in the 21st century with technology so that we can reduce the digital divide,” Hildreth said.

Details: Contact Hildreth or Joyce Suggs at 535-5386.