“Ricky” (not his real name) will turn 15 on Saturday. At the Game Loft we feed him every day after school but now he is stuck at home. Two years ago he asked for seconds at lunch at the Loft. When I said yes he said, “There are 13 of us at home. I never get seconds.” We always make sure that “Ricky” has enough for himself and some to take home as a treat for his siblings.
Now that we must all self-isolate at home, kids like “Ricky” are suffering. They are crammed into a small, substandard house with a parent who sometimes lashes out verbally when over-stressed. “Ricky” and his siblings have learned to lay-low during these outbursts. They find quiet corners and don’t talk to each other, sometimes for hours at a time. “Ricky” goes outdoors whenever possible to escape from the stress at home. Although he lives with a crowd of people he is often alone and lonely.
During normal times “Ricky” has an outlet at the Game Loft where he gets regular meals and socializes with his friends and his mentor, Brian. During the Covid-19 pandemic “Ricky” and his siblings are getting “grab-and-go” meals from the Game Loft seven days a week. These meals are free and can be doubled for especially hungry kids. In addition we are reaching out to socially isolated, lonely, and afraid kids like “Ricky” though daily postcards, telephone calls, and games run by our staff through Facebook.
We need your help to keep kids like “Ricky” safe and healthy. Please donate to the Game Loft to help us provide meals and more. In addition to the healthy, nutritious meals we are providing we would like to add a candy kiss to each lunch. That small gesture will show that we not only feed them but we love them. Please send your love to isolated kids. Please help the Game Loft with your donation.