Donations of furniture, games and even a color TV projector for playing Nintendo Wii games have been helpful, reported Betty Messer, secretary for The Den board. Electronic games, which tend to be more expensive, had not come from donations. The board had been expecting to purchase more of these resources as funds permitted.
In the meantime, EFCO had planned to make a donation to The Den.
"It's a great cause. We wanted to show community support," said Mike Farquhar, EFCO president.
While considering what to do, Messer, who works at EFCO, suggested using the credits EFCO accumulated over the past year from travel using American Express.
"This was a way to give bigger ticket items that were new," Farquhar said. "It's good for the kids and good for The Den."
EFCO turned its credits into three 37-inch Toshiba HD televisions, an Escalade Sports Rhino Roll-A-Score skee ball game, a Casio Slim projector 2 set up for playing Nintendo and Wii games, and two CTA digital charge stations for Sony Wii remote controls.
Games included Nintendo Mario Power Tennis, Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf, and four Guitar Hero games.
The Den has been well received by its target audience of Monett youth. Two hundred have attended in the first week-and-a-half.
While the youth center, located on the second floor above Mocha Jo's in the 400 block of East Broadway, still needs a bit more work to finish the facilities, it seems on the mark for its youth crowd.
"It has a basement feel in an upstairs setting," one of the Den leaders commented.