PLAINS, GA (WALB) - The Boys & Girls Club of Sumter County is getting a facelift.
And it's all thanks to one local business.
Crews have been working at the club in Plains for the past couple of days, trying to bring it back to life.
"It was something I looked forward to every day after school," said Ashley Mathis as she sat on the merry-go-round.
She recalled her experiences at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Boys & Girls Club.
"I was one of the first groups of kids to come to this Boys & Girls Club, living right across the street," explained Mathis.
Now Mathis is back at the club, but she's not hanging out on the playground.
She's spent the past few days at the club doing work for Lowe's as part of the Heroes Program, a nationwide Lowe's project.
Each year the stores get $2,500 to make improvements to a place in the community.
Mathis works at the Lowe's in Americus as a back hand support manager.
"This year we were tasked with putting an emphasis on the Boys & Girls Clubs, so we picked this one," explained Joey Labuda, the store's manager.
Employees have been painting, creating a butterfly garden and putting fresh mulch around the playground. They're also installing new kitchen equipment, replacing picnic tables and basketball nets.
"I'm glad we are able to actually improve the grounds, and have something for them to be proud of out here," said Labuda.
Leaders in Plains said they are thankful Lowe's chose the Boys & Girls Club in Plains.
"It's so important to have a good, safe place for our children to go," said Jill Stuckey, "The Lowe's support is going to be so beneficial for this community."
The club's Board President Dr. Shirley Reese said the Carters are excited too.
The former president and his wife were out working with the employees on Wednesday.
"They are excited," said Reese. "Especially for the city of Plains because this club needed some uplifting."
Mathis agreed. She said she looks forward to watching kids make memories at the club.
"You know sometimes you want to go back, but it feels even better to come back and give back to the community," explained Mathis.
Lowe's employees will be able to come back to the club in a couple of months to spend time with the kids.
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