(Editor’s Note: The names in this story have been changed to respect their privacy, but the story is real.)
Share the Spirit Foundation’s “Send a Kid to Camp” program is raising funds to make it possible for 45 Rogers County children to attend the Salvation Army’s Camp Heart O’Hills in Tahlequah June 17-22.
That means less than two weeks remain to collect $5,825 still needed to meet this year’s goal of $7,875.
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.
Children like Sallie who had to change schools last year and had an especially difficult time making new friends.
On top of that, there’s been some upheaval at home.
“Sallie and her sister live with their grandmother who has been in and out of the hospital this year,” said Gloria Conaway, DHS school-based social worker. “Sallie lost her great-grandmother too. They are still taking care of great-grandpa who is not in very good health.”
All this has made for a tough year full of adjustment and stress for young Sallie.
“Going to camp will be the highlight of her summer,” Conaway said. “She has attended camp in the past and is looking forward to going again this year.”
Please consider how you can help make sure the rest of the money is received so all the children signed up for camp are able to attend.
All the money raised is used for campers. Funds are administered by the Share the Spirit Foundation.
Tax-deductible donations may be mailed to Share the Spirit, c/o Claremore Daily Progress, P.O. Box 248, Claremore, OK 74018, or dropped off at the Progress office at 315 W. Will Rogers Blvd. Names of donors will be listed unless anonymity is requested.
Recent contributors includes Carrie Hughes, Rogers County Oowala Group, and Ernest E. and Beulah J. Haynes.