ARUNDEL MILLS, Md. (WJZ) — For 37 years, the Orioles have brought some of their players out to help kids in need celebrate the holidays.
Now as Mike Schuh reports, the group that brought the kids to the party, also got a present.
The kids faces show it all. At the Dave & Busters in Arundel Mills, loads of presents were waiting for a new home Thursday morning and the kids were greeted by a half dozen Oriole players, too.
“This is huge on their list and just the donations we’ve gotten from Adam Jones and the connection he’s brought to the club, as an alumni himself,” said Matt Death, of Boys and Girls Club Of Metropolitan Baltimore. “The kids can look up to him as a role model. This is just everything for them.”
Adam Jones came up through the Boys and Girls Club in San Diego.
“Someone helped me. Someone kept funding the Boys and Girls Club where I grew up,” Jones said.
And now he’s giving back, presenting the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore a big check of $75,000 on behalf of himself and the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation.
The donation will help to renovate and expand the Technology Center and the Callaway Community School Tech Lab at the Club’s facility located at 4130 Callaway Avenue.
“To me, Boys and Girls Clubs are where it started,” Jones added, “and obviously I have the platform here in Maryland. So I’ve been fortunate to have some really good people in the Boys and Girls Club to be able to work with.”
The kids — they were happy to play in the arcade for free.
“Without the Orioles, without Adam, we don’t have the resources to do a lot of the things we want to do,” Death said.
Boys and Girls Club will begin meeting tomorrow with designers to begin planning the renovation to their club in northwest Baltimore.