Media Youth Center receives $1 million donation and changes name – Delco Times

MEDIA – The Media Youth Center, a hub for generations of children to develop athletics and media skills, has received a five-year, $1 million donation from a local business, Morris Brothers Investments. . The donation will provide immediate and long-term capital to MYC and launch a new, permanent financial assistance program that will ensure disadvantaged children have the opportunity to join and participate in center activities, regardless of their ability to pay.

As part of this donation, the Media Youth Center will change its name to Lewis “Jumbo” Johnson Media Youth Center. An official ceremony to celebrate the new name will take place this spring.

The donors, Kevin, Dennis and Brian Morris, are MYC alumni, and their mother, Betsy Morris Walters, was a long-time MYC board member. “Miss Betsy” was inducted into the MYC Hall of Fame in 2018. Her sons made the donation in her honor.

“MYC was our second home,” said Brian Morris, MBI’s Chief Operating Officer. “Jumbo Johnson mentored us and challenged us to do our best, as he did with all children. We honor him with this naming dedication.

Morris Brothers Investments, LLC, based in Media, is a private family investment firm recently established by Kevin, Dennis and Brian Morris to invest in small business acquisitions, local real estate and civic projects in the media and the surrounding county of Delaware. region. Morris Brothers Investment offices are located at 18 East 2nd St., Media.

Brian Morris is an active member of the MYC Board of Directors and sits on several other community and civic media boards.

“It is so fitting to change this name to honor Jumbo, the man who created a culture that so many people have benefited from over the years,” said John Gamlin, vice president of the Media Youth Center. “We are grateful for the generous financial donation from Morris Brothers Investments. Many children in our community will benefit.
Larry Johnson, Jumbo’s son, said, “We are honored and humbled that the Media Youth Center is named after our father, Lewis ‘Jumbo’ Johnson. He was the true definition of a civic leader. Children were at the forefront of his work at Penncrest, Media Borough Recreation, Media Borough Council, Rose Tree Colts, Media Little League/Media Babe Ruth, Media Softball and the Media Youth Center. He treated each child as if they were his own, he was invested in their future and only wanted the best for them.

Thanks to a generous donation of $1,000,000 from Morris Brothers Investments, LLC, the Media Youth Center will change its name to Lewis “Jumbo” Johnson Media Youth Center to honor longtime coach Jumbo Johnson. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

The Media Youth Center, founded in 1955, is a non-profit organization located in the heart of Media Borough at 1 Youth Way, Media. MYC has always focused on serving the youth of media and surrounding areas. In addition to its signature basketball program (MYCHoops), MYC offers an award-winning robotics program, a film program, and a summer camp. To learn more about its youth programs or how to support or sponsor sports and events, visit

Government offers free at-home COVID tests

Every household in the United States can order four free COVID-19 home tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship within 7-12 days. The tests give results in 30 minutes and can be done anywhere. They work whether or not a person has symptoms of COVID-19 and whether or not they are up to date on their vaccines.

People are urged to order tests now so they have them when they need them. Those who need COVID test results faster should visit one of the local free testing sites.
Free tests can be ordered at

Once Again Shop announces new hours for shopping

The Once Again store at Lima Estates, 411 N. Middletown Road, Middletown, has expanded again. The Breezeway Bargain Boutique, an extension of the shop was added two years ago, and now has a furniture room at B-109.

The boutique will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday February 4 and Friday March 4. A selection of furniture including tables, chairs, sofas and lamps are on sale at reasonable prices. Shoppers can call 484-444-2833 to schedule an appointment to browse if they cannot make it on scheduled shopping days.

Volunteer Catherine Schiazza rests in the furniture room at Lima Estates in Middletown Township. The store will reopen to the public on February 4. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Ridley offers a Red Cross childcare course

Ridley Township Recreation will present a babysitter training course, led by the American Red Cross, to provide young people aged 12 to 16 with the information and skills needed to provide safe and responsible care for children in the absence of parents or adult guardians. The training will help participants develop skills in leadership, professionalism, basic care, safety, safe play and first aid.

The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, with two 15-minute breaks and a thirty-minute lunch break at the Ridley Community Center, 801 Morton Ave., Folsom.

The cost is $90 and participants must bring their own lunch. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, March 15. The American Red Cross requires participants to wear a mask for the duration of the course.

Register in advance at the Township of Ridley Municipal Building, weekdays at 9:00 a.m. at 4 p.m., or online at under the “Parks and Recreation” tab.

Jamison performs at the St. James Bulldog Bash

St. James Regional Catholic School’s Bulldog Bash will feature a night with Jamison, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 12, at The Doghouse, 1499 E. Ninth St., Eddystone. Tickets are $35 and include live music, food, beer, and soda.

The evening will also include raffles, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Everyone must be 21 to attend. For tickets, call 610-583-3662 or visit

New free COVID testing site opens in Sharon Hill

Delaware County has partnered with Personic Health Care to open a new free COVID-19 testing site at the Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center, located at 1600 Calcon Hook Road in Sharon Hill.

The site will be open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Appointments are not mandatory, but strongly suggested. Drive-ups are welcome, and individuals are asked to bring identification and wear a mask. Individuals can also schedule a test at

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital’s free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site is still open. Testing is available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It operates on a first-come basis. No appointment is required.

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