Bank steps up to help displaced drill team

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We’ve been following the story of Northside Youth Program, a non-profit that was displaced from its planned fundraising fireworks stand at Detroit Auto Works.

They had hoped to open today, but the car company went into receivership on Wednesday. That’s a form of bankruptcy in which a third party controls the assets. Neither the bank nor Detroit Auto Works can legally allow the stand.

Today we learned that Sterling Savings Bank has stepped up to help the drill team. It will be donating enough money to buy the team brand new uniforms. It’s about $8,000 — roughly the amount the team had hoped to earn.

“We just wanted to do something,” Cara Coon, the bank’s public affairs director, told us. “We feel really bad. It’s just the right thing to do.”

It’s great news for DarNesha Weary, the group’s executive director who was devastated when she found out they can’t open the stand.

“We are very excited by this,” Weary said as she notified the kids about today’s development.

Northside Youth Program’s drill team and drum squad participate in dozens of parades and festivals each year. Most of the children are considered underprivileged or at-risk. They must maintain a 3.0 GPA to participate.

If you’d like to contribute, donations can be made at any Chase bank or mailed to: P.O. Box 27677, Seattle, WA 98165.

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