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Thousands donated to local youth program facing closure

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Thousands of dollars in donations will keep a youth program open at least a little longer.

The Greater Portland Police Activities League announced this week it would have to shut down its youth centers in Gresham and Portland Friday.

A release from PAL said the ongoing reduction of government funding coupled with the current economy led to the decision.

However, the organization's executive director said more than $6,000 in donations came in after news of the potential closure began to spread.

In an email to Fox 12, Patricia Day TenEyck said all program staff members would be paid on Friday.

PAL has provided services to kids and families for the last 20 years, including daily meals, youth football, sports camps, tutoring and other activities.

The non-profit organization has survived for years with help from federal, state and local grants, as well as money from the community.

When times got tough, PAL Board President Mark McGinnis said the group would cut costs in order to survive, but this week, it simply ran out of money.

With the influx of donations, PAL's board is discussing the possibility of staying open for at least two more weeks.

Organizers have also decided to host a fundraiser on Feb. 22 as planned. It's called "An Evening with the Usual Suspects."

For more information log onto PAL's website, http://www.portlandpal.org/.

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