Youth basketball practice was to continue as usual Monday night and Steve Pedro, director of operations, was handing out gloves, hats and coats to kids in need coming and going through the doors at the Massillon Boys and Girls Club.
Youth basketball practice for both girls and boys was expected to continue as usual Monday night, said Steve Pedro, director of operations for the Boys and Girls Club of Massillon.
"The heater is on, we can have practice inside," he said Monday. "As long as the roads are fine we're going to practice."
During the winter break, he said, attendance was low but children were being dropped off Monday when the cold temperatures canceled area schools. Pedro had 32 students at the Duncan Street SW facility just after noon. Children have to be a member of the club to be dropped off, but people can buy a membership at any time.
"Unfortunately, a lot of kids walk in without hats and gloves," he said. "We received some donations of hats and gloves and coats. I've been giving them to kids every day. We've been fortunate this year somebody gave me about 50 coats and hats and gloves."
Pedro said the Massillon Rotary Club donated coats and winter gear this year, and organizations will randomly donate items to the club. If he notices someone without a coat or hat, or if a child's coat is ripped, he'll offer them a new one.
"We have so much going on here the kids are going to be here," Pedro said.