Claremore Daily Progress

May 29, 2013

Send a Kid to Camp brightens up lives of children

Rebecca Hattaway
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE —

(Editor’s Note: The names in this story have been changed to respect their privacy, but the story is real.)
Devin has been through a lot over the past year. His dad has suffered with various health problems for many months and recently had a defibrillator implanted.
Even though he’s only 11-years- old, Devin has shown his maturity and compassion being by his dad’s side every step of the way.
“(Devin) has been to every doctor’s appointment with his dad,” said his mother, Jeannie. “It’s been rough on everybody, but (Devin)’s taken it especially hard. He’s really close to his dad.”
Jeannie says returning to camp will be a welcome bright spot for Devin this summer.
“I’m so thankful for camp,” she said. “It’s been a rough year. This will be good for him, kind of give him a break.”
Share the Spirit Foundation’s “Send a Kid to Camp” program is raising $7,875 to send 45 Rogers County kids to the Heart O’Hills Salvation Army camp in Tahlequah June 17-22. Cost is $175 per camper.
Tax-deductible donations may be mailed to Share the Spirit, c/o Claremore Daily Progress, P.O. Box 248, Claremore, OK 74018, or dropped by the Progress at 315 W. Will Rogers Blvd. during regular business hours. Names of donors will be listed unless anonymity is requested.
Recent contributors include Oleta J. Corley, Barbra and Tom Pool, Don W. and John Ellen Armstrong, and Patricia A. Pixley.