Claremore Daily Progress

Community News

June 11, 2014

Send a Kid to Camp: Little more than 1 week remains to raise funds for camp

CLAREMORE —

(Editor’s Note: The names in this story have been changed to respect the children’s privacy, but the story is real.)
 
Johnny and Adam have been living in an RV parked outside a dilapidated house for the past eight months. 
The house is in such bad shape that their mom wanted her sons to stay in the RV to be safer. They are able to come in the house only for meals and bath times.
“This mom knows that Cherokee housing will help, but they are still on the waiting list to find housing in the Chelsea area,” said school social worker Gloria Conaway. “Camp would be a safe refuge for this parent to know her two boys could go to camp and enjoy themselves for a whole week. By the time they get home, maybe she will be able to move into a safer environment for everyone.”
Share the Spirit Foundation’s ‘Send a Kid to Camp’ program is raising funds to send more than 40 Rogers County children — including Johnny and Adam — to the Salvation Army’s Camp Heart O’Hills on June 23-28.
With only a little more than a week left until camp, more donations are needed quickly. So far, just $4,920 of the $11,000 goal has been raised.
Please consider how you can make a difference in a child’s life by giving them the opportunity to have a week of new experiences, new friends and lifelong memories at summer camp.
Department of Human Services coordinates camper eligibility, physicals and paper work. The Pilot Club of Claremore provides “ditty bags” with shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, washcloths, hair brushes and combs. Salvation Army — Claremore Unit charters buses to take the campers to Tahlequah and provides clothing, bedding, shoes and whatever else the children need for the week.
All of the children are not on welfare. All do not come from families without a working parent. But all are children from families where there is no money for anything extra.

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