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Potty problem at Boys & Girls Club of Lakeland

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The boys' bathroom at the Boys & Girls club has 3 stalls & 3 urinals. The boys' bathroom at the Boys & Girls club has 3 stalls & 3 urinals.
The girls' bathroom, on the other hand, only has 1 toilet & 1 sink. The girls' bathroom, on the other hand, only has 1 toilet & 1 sink.
The Boys & Girls Club is raising money to improve the girls' bathroom. The Boys & Girls Club is raising money to improve the girls' bathroom.
LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

The Boys & Girls Club in Lakeland is dealing with a bit of a bathroom bind. Girls who need to go don't have adequate facilities, but a fundraising effort aims to change that.

The club hosts close to 75 kids each afternoon during the school year. In the summer that number swells to about 120 kids. Inevitably, they have to go to the bathroom. The boys have three stalls and three urinals in their bathroom. The girls face a different reality.

"The girls have dealt with one toilet and then one sink," said John Lane, Boys & Girls Club Director.

Lane says the potty problem wasn't meant to be a slight against the girls. It's more like history's fault. The club wasn't always co-ed. "It was actually a boys club, not a boys and girls club, so they built the facilities for obviously boys," Lane said. 

As times changed and the club attendance expanded the facilities just didn't keep up. Up until now money has been the biggest obstacle, but even that is turning around now. 
    
A fundraising campaign cleverly dubbed "girls need to pee too" is drumming up the cash needed to start a renovation and expansion in the ladies' room. 
    
"And actually theirs will be newer so they actually have one up on the boys, so that will be kind of cool," said club program director Lorenzo Jenkins.

He says solving the problem is a big deal, especially since in summers past, the club had to rent port-a-potties to accommodate all the girls who needed to go. 

"Well, I think from our slogan girls will be able to pee, and there will be more girls able to pee at one time, so that will be awesome," Jenkins said. 

The Boys & Girls Club has raised some of the money needed for the new, improved girls' bathroom, but there's still cash needed. 

"I believe our goal was around $30,000, and I think we're at $21,000 so we're in the home stretch," Lane said. 

The club has set up a fundraising web site:  www.GoFundMe.com/26gvs0.
 
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