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June 15, 2012

Camp offers getaway for area children

CLAREMORE — (Editor’s Note: The names in this story have been changed to respect their privacy, but the story is real.)

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Only a few days are left in this year’s Send a Kid to Camp campaign and nearly $4,000 is still needed in order to give 40 Rogers County children the opportunity to spend a week at the Salvation Army summer camp.

Kids like Robby, who moved to Chelsea from Tulsa where his family had been evicted and homeless.

It was not easy starting at a new school in the second grade but Robby and his three sisters were able to make the adjustment together.

Things are still far from perfect for Robby and his family, though.

They are barely able to make ends meet with their only income being Mom’s SSI check. Dad has not been able to find a job, and if it wasn’t for local churches, Community Action and the Ministerial Alliance in Chelsea providing help, the family would not have made it through the winter months.

When a OKDHS worker told the parents about the summer camp program, they were very excited.

“They told this worker they didn’t like living in the city and want a more country ‘rural’ place to raise their children,” said Gloria Conaway, a school-based social worker who coordinates camper eligibility. “Camp is going to help lift some of the stress of daily life for this family.”

Summer camp offers a little reprieve and a lot of fun for children who would otherwise not have the opportunity.

To date, $4,115 of the needed $8,000 has been raised.

The bus leaves for camp June 18. Please consider how you can help some deserving kids have this important childhood experience and make memories to last a lifetime.

Send your tax-deductible donation to Share the Spirit, c/o Claremore Daily Progress, P.O. Box 248, Claremore, OK 74018, or drop by the Progress business office at 315 W. Will Rogers Blvd. Names of donors will be listed unless anonymity is requested. Recent contributors include Patty Sue Reeder and Tom and Barbara Pool.

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