As we've reported here on eyewitness news.
The local hoopla and Taco Bell’s are donating money to the Utica youth bureau as part of #Uticabigbang2014.
I stopped by today to see what the youth bureau is going to do with that money.
And it’s going to summer time pools.
"Oh it’s awesome. We love to play tag in the pool, like Marco polo. Yeah, Marco polo,” said sisters Ashleigh and Gabriella Dano.
"I like to dive in the pool get a little swim," said Jabari Mason.
The youth bureau has three pools in the Utica area, that’s also combined with a swimming program that costs between sixteen and seventeen thousand dollars a year to run.
The cost to the kids is free though.
"It’s pretty cool because like I can bring a bunch of people with me and not have to worry about anything financial. If I'm just going by myself, because its not like I get money all the time."
The youth bureau provides nearly twenty free programs for kids, some of them right after school.
"We play basketball every day."
The youth bureau does a lot more than give kids a place to play basketball in the winter or swim in the summer. It also helps kids stay out of trouble.
"To do my homework, to get snack. Mostly to play in the gym to have fun with my friends."
The bureau says that roughly three quarters of the kids come from inner city neighborhoods and wouldn’t be able to participate if it wasn’t for the funding they receive
"It’s very important for us to run these programs and also, it’s very important for us to run these programs for no fee at all," said Utica Youth Bureau director of recreation Lonnie Jenkins.
The kids really love that part.
”That’s amazing...Fun too," said best friends London Johnson and Mark Holmes
"It's awesome! Ok! I'm in!"
To give to the youth bureau you can go to all local taco bells and give one or five dollars, or go to the local hoopla’s, where they are giving one dollar for every person who comes through.
The youth bureau will know how much they will get from the donations on the day of the implosion, February 9th, when they are presented a big check.