The Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence bought a new van Friday. And it only cost them $1.
The club, which transports as many as 50 youth from schools to the club building at 1520 Haskell Ave., had one van to use for field trips and to pick children up from Lawrence schools. With only one van available, as many as three different trips had to be made to pick the children up.
So in November, the club applied to the Community Development Block Grant for funds for a new van.
But midway through the application process, the club was contacted by the Douglas County Senior Services, which had already received funding from the Community Development Block Grant to purchase a new van for use at the facility at 745 Vt. They offered to donate one of their old vans to the club, said John Alesch, the club's executive director.
"It's a little bigger than the other van," he said. "It will enable us to pick up more kids every day."
So Friday afternoon, Douglas County Senior Services handed over the keys to the van at a small gathering at the club. The club handed over $1 just to make it official, said Steve Anderson, unit director for the club.
Then about 12 of the youth loaded in the van and were taken for a test drive.
"They loved it," Anderson said. "It has air conditioning, holds more people and has more space inside, so they were pretty excited about it."
Gene Cowles, executive director for Douglas County Senior Services, said her organization was glad to help
"They seemed very pleased," she said.