DENVER (CBS4) – The Boys & Girls Clubs serve about 10,000 Denver metro area children every year. The clubs provide a safe, productive place for them to go after school, and club members love it.

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“I come here every day,” said Yary, 14.

Yary loves the opportunities she gets at the Cope Club. She has a safe place to hang with her friends. She gets her homework done, and she’s learned a lot from her mentors at the club.

“You do make mistakes sometimes, but you got learn from them,” she explained.

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The 9th grader also loves Christmas at the club, and the fact that every child is guaranteed to get a gift.

“I know some kids that are like struggling right now,” she told CBS4.

Yary also knows what a big difference Christmas at the club makes for those kids.

“I’ve seen it, they get so happy. They are literally like so happy. And they go, ‘Look guys, I got a toy today.’ It brings so much joy to the club, just to see them smile,” Yary said.

LINK: Together 4 Colorado Toy Drive

You can still make a child smile this Christmas. CBS4’s Together 4 Colorado Toy Drive distributes toys to the clubs and runs through Christmas Eve. Just drop a new, unwrapped toy in the donation bins at participating King Soopers stores.

Libby Smith