New appliances for youth club in Atlantic City hit by Sandy
ATLANTIC CITY - The Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City temporarily went dark after being slammed by Sandy one year ago, but Tuesday night, the club unveiled a fleet of shiny new appliances and distributed energy-efficient lightbulbs during an event sponsored by the federal Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program and Samsung Electronics America.
Samsung donated the appliances, including a new refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer, and television. The EPA handed out LED lightbulbs.
"We picked this club to come to specifically because this club was damaged in Hurricane Sandy last year and we heard about the destruction," said Brittney Gordon-Williams, an Energy Star spokeswoman.
The total retail cost of the appliances: more than $14,000.
The club is open six days a week, so the equipment saves more than just the purchase cost, Gordon-Williams said - it will lower the club's operating costs so it can spend more on children.
For the last year, boys and girls from the club have been participating in the environmental education "Team Energy Star" program, and Tuesday was the EPA's "Energy Star Day."
A book produced by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Tales From Team Energy Star, was unveiled at the celebration. The book showcases stories of clubs across the country where children worked on environmental projects.
As part of the day, the EPA began a "Do 1 Thing Energy Star" campaign, with the hashtag #Do1ThingENERGYSTAR.
- Jonathan Lai