Diddy Saves Harlem Boys & Girls Club From Shutting Down

10/14/2011 08:34 AM ET

Sean "Diddy" Combs saves a Harlem New York Boys & Girls Club that was on the brink of going broke and shutting down until a $60,000 donation was received. The non-profit organization was trying to decide on whether to close 1 of 4 city locations or make drastic cut backs on sports and tutoring programs.

Diddy stepped in due to the fact he lived in the Harlem neighborhood until he was 12 and he said he did not want kids there to lose out.

"Being from Harlem, I heard they needed help, and I wanted to help," Diddy told the Daily News. This "is something that I am proud to do."

“Mr. Combs’ contribution comes at a time when we were faced with the possibility of eliminating existing programs and/or club sites. 100% of Mr. Combs’ contribution will go directly to the young people, and provide educational, recreational and social enrichment programs allowing us to move forward as a club, uninterrupted,” Boys & Girls Club board member Willie C. Bentley, Jr. said in a statement to Access Hollywood on Wednesday.

"The contribution puts the club in a good place for the time being," Bentley added.

Diddy said he hopes the extra programs will push teens now hanging on street corners inside to the safety of the clubs.

"There is usually a bigger issue to what kids are going through," said Diddy. "Most kids want a way out."

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