Smith & Nephew, a medical device company in Andover, has donated $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.

The company sponsors various charities throughout the year. To raise the money for the Boys & Girls Club, the company raffled off tickets to Bruins and Celtics playoff games, and also participated in a 5K walk.

The walk, held last month, was hosted by the office park on Minuteman Road where the company is located. Smith & Nephew donated $50 to the charity for each participant from the company. More than 50 walkers participated.

"They are great kids and we feel they would be the most affected," Adam Collins, information technology supervisor at Smith & Nephew, said of the children who will benefit from the money. "It's such a great organization. ... The decision was made because we feel the Boys & Girls Club does the most good. All the money goes to the programs. All the money goes to the kids."

Collins said that every three months, the company selects a charity to support. With a focus on the Merrimack Valley and surrounding communities, the company aims for charities in the area that would benefit the most from donations.

According to its website, the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence has about 4,000 participants each year, and aims to help children reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. The club will choose how to spend the donated money.

"People want to give back," said Shirley Mak-Parisi, regional operations manager at Smith & Nephew. "There's a very large appetite to give back to the community in any way possible."


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