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June 8, 2014

Funds still needed to reach camp goal

CLAREMORE — Brother and sister, Garrett and Hannah Peterson, are both excited to get to attend the Salvation Army’s Camp Heart O’Hills on June 23-28.

It will be 7-year-old Hannah’s first time and she has big plans for the week.

“I’m really looking forward to learning how to swim and go into the deep end,” she said. “Right now, I have to stay where I can touch the bottom.”

An energetic tomboy, Hannah can’t wait to be out in nature for the week.

“I like being outdoors. I like to do cartwheels and flips,” she said.

Grandmother Joyce Peterson is happy her grandkids have the opportunity to go to camp.

“You should’ve seen her the day she found out she got to go — she was off the charts!,” Joyce said. “It will be her first experience at anything like this.”

For Garrett, 10, this will be his second time.

He is also looking forward to swimming — and trying out the ropes course.

“You have to be 10,” he said. “I wanted to say I was 10 last year because I really wanted to do it.”

He enjoyed the science class last year.

“We got to do experiments. We made gooey stuff and played with it. It was stretchy and bouncy and we got to take it home,” he said. “We also put vegetable oil on top of water and it stayed on top. That was when I learned that oil and water don’t mix.”

Share the Spirit’s “Send a Kid to Camp” program needs to raise $11,000 to send Garrett and Hannah along with more than 40 other Rogers County boys and girls to camp. Contributions to date total $7,350.

The camp fee of $210 per child includes lodging, meals, insurance and a canteen card to buy snacks and craft materials. All money raised during the Send a Kid to Camp campaign is used for campers.

The Salvation Army — Claremore Unit charters a bus and pays for lunch at McDonald’s on the way to Tahlequah.

The Pilot Club of Claremore provides “ditty bags” with shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, washcloths, hair brushes and combs.

DHS coordinates camper eligibility, physicals and paper work.

Camp is the highlight of the summer for many of these children and a special memory they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

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 business office at 315 W. Will Rogers Blvd. Names of donors will be listed unless anonymity is requested.

Recent contributors include Billie Heiligman, Logan and Edith Kellehan, Bobby Hinds, Mary Charlene Harrell, Patricia A. Pixley, CK Doran MD, Jackie L. Whinery and Candace S. Whinery, Ed Whisler Jr. and Sherry Whisler.

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