Claremore Daily Progress

June 6, 2013

Progress readers help children go to camp

Rebecca Hattaway
Staff Reporter


(Editor’s Note: The names in this story have been changed to respect their privacy, but the story is real.)
A close-knit family of five is doing what they can to stay afloat in these tough economic times.
Joe, the dad, is on disability. Lisa, the mom, recently found out she has diabetes.
They are making ends meet from month to month, but just barely. There is no extra money for summertime activities.
That’s where Progress readers can help.
Share the Spirit Foundation’s “Send a Kid to Camp” program is raising funds to send 45 Rogers County children to Heart O’Hills Salvation Army camp June 17-22.
Two of Joe and Lisa’s three kids have already attended the camp thanks to the community’s generosity.
This year will be the first time for 7-year-old Lily to go.
“The older children have told so many stories about the fun times at camp that Lily keeps asking me ‘is it time yet,’” said DHS school-based social worker Gloria Conaway. “She is looking forward to even riding the bus to Tahlequah on June 17.”
When Conaway told her the Salvation Army could furnish a new bathing suit if needed, Lily said, “size 8 and red, if possible!”
“Swimming is one of the activities that all of the campers seem to enjoy along with five water slides, a water mushroom and beach entry,” Conaway said. 
So far, $3,400 of the needed $7,875 has been raised. 
To make sure Lily gets the chance to experience summer camp, please 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 office at 315 W. Will Rogers Blvd. Names of donors will be listed unless anonymity is requested.
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