Ben's Bells: Couple helped keep gym afloat

2013-04-27T00:00:00Z Ben's Bells: Couple helped keep gym afloatVeronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The recipients of this week's Ben's Bell are Fred and Daisy Jenkins.

The Jenkinses were nominated by their daughter-in-law Cristina Jenkins, for helping save a struggling wrestling gym for at-risk youth. When the couple heard that Tucson Unlimited Freestyle Wrestling Academy, a nonprofit organization run by volunteers, was at risk of losing its gym because of finances earlier this year, they donated $5,000 to help keep its doors open.

"Fred and Daisy did not just write checks, they literally saved the special hearts, spirits and most importantly dreams of some very special children," Cristina Jenkins wrote in her nomination letter.

The gym, 952 W. Grant Road, serves 24 children who are underprivileged and at risk and is a positive outlet for them to keep them from making bad choices, the letter said.

"Without that gym, most of those children have nowhere to go after school, nothing to look forward to on Saturdays as there is a wrestling match every Saturday during the season," the letter said.

This wasn't the first time the couple has helped the gym. Last year, when the head coach, who pays for all of the organization's expenses from his own pocket, fell on hard times the couple donated money to help buy uniforms and headgear, Cristina Jenkins wrote.

The couple's donations and support for the gym are just one example of how "truly loving and giving they are to the community, their friends, persons in need, charitable organizations, their wonderful church and most of all their family," the letter said.

The project

Ben's Bells promote kindness and community. Each week a person who betters Tucson is "belled." Go to www.bensbells.org/BellingForm to submit a name. Call 628-2829 for information. Recipients also are featured on Friday's "Morning Blend" on KGUN 9.

Contact reporter Veronica Cruz at vcruz@azstarnet.com or at 573-4224.

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