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A group of T-Mobile employees repaints the Boys & Girls Club's walls. Tim Krug, T-Mobile call center director, said the walls were "flat" and "gray" when he walked in that morning, but by the end of the day, they shone with vibrant colors and messages.

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T-Mobile employees renovate Boys & Girls Club

One hundred and fifty local T-Mobile employees recently took time off work to renovate the Boys & Girls Club's Highland Park Unit. The project was part of T-Mobile's national Huddle Up initiative, which addresses the need for safe, quality after-school programs for children across the country.

T-Mobile Chattanooga chose the Boys & Girls Club because it saw an opportunity to freshen up the facility of an after-school program that serves 1,200 kids annually, representatives said.

"It's a win-win for the Boys & Girls Club, but also for us and for our employees," said Tim Krug, T-Mobile Chattanooga's call center director. "There's nothing that feels better than giving back to the community."

To gather funds for the project, T-Mobile employees donated money from their own pockets and the company matched the funds dollar for dollar. Together, they raised $9,000 for paint supplies, landscaping equipment, games and furniture.

Though the renovations mean a better place to hang out, it was seeing the community come out to support them that really impacted the kids.

"We didn't know too many people cared about the Boys & Girls Club," said 16-year-old Calvin Johnson. "Feels good, seeing people support us and all that. They want to see us do good and have a great community."

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