TUPELO – Volunteers from two local employers donated their time and efforts to give the Boys & Girls Club facility Northside Campus off North Green Street a brand new coat of paint on Thursday.

Tonny Oliver, the director of operations for Boys & Girls Club of North Mississippi, said he and his organization are grateful for the help that Sherwin Williams and Trustmark Bank offered.

“More often than not, the resources and funds to help this facility out are not available to us,” Oliver said. “This is a big help.”

Every May, more than 4,000 Sherwin Williams stores join together for their “National Painting Week,” a celebration dedicated to giving homes and communities a fresh coat of paint. The painting business provides the fresh coat of paint, free of charge, to charities of need in local communities.

Last year, Sherwin Williams district manager Paul Swales and his team went out to the Boys & Girls clubs in Oxford and Batesville. However, Swales said he felt that the facility in Tupelo doesn’t receive much help throughout the year and was in need of a paint job.

“We got out here around 8 a.m. and plan to stay throughout the day until we finish the projects,” Swales said. “The work we do goes a long way to helping provide these kids with a clean and safe environment they can be proud of.”

May is also the time for Trustmark Bank’s annual “Gift of Time” where bank locations donate their time and money to their communities.

Rashni Barath, a private banking specialist for Trustmark, decided to partner with Boys & Girls Club to help out with the new coat of paint. Barath said the “Gift of Time” is a chance for Trustmark employees to give back to a community that gives so much to the bank. “I wanted to help an organization, like Boys & Girls Club, that does so much for Tupelo and youth development,” Barath said.

The brand new paint job is coming just in time for the youth organization’s summer program, which runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. between June 5 and July 21. Youth between the ages of 6 and 18 are invited to join.

“We continue to focus on vital youth development, like academic success, character and leadership building and healthy lifestyles during the summer program,” Oliver said. “The kids get to go on more field trips also, like career lunches and college tours.”

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