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June 15, 2014

Camp funds needed quickly as deadline approaches

CLAREMORE —

More funds are needed — and quickly — for Share the Spirit Foundation’s Send a Kid to Camp program.
So far, only $5,700 of the needed $11,000 has been raised, and camp is June 23-28.
Send a Kid to Camp gives local children the opportunity to spend a week at the Salvation Army’s Camp Heart O’Hills near Tahlequah.
Many of the more the 40 children hoping to go come from difficult situations and families where there is no extra money for special summer activities and trips.
Mack is one of the children hoping to go to camp this year. He went for the first time last year and has been asking his school social worker when he can go back ever since. A few weeks ago, his mom was hospitalized and diagnosed with a type of muscular disorder. Since then, things have been a little uncertain for the family and Mack is having a hard time seeing his mom in such pain. A week of fun and distraction at camp might be just what the doctor ordered.
Time is running out to make sure Mack and the other Rogers County boys and girls get the opportunity to go to camp. Please consider how you can help make it possible.
Department of Human Services coordinates camper eligibility, physicals and paper work. The Pilot Club of Claremore provides “ditty bags” with shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, washcloths, hair brushes and combs. Salvation Army — Claremore Unit charters buses to take the campers to Tahlequah and provides clothing, bedding, shoes and whatever else the children need for a comfortable and memorable camp experience.
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 Boulevard.
All money raised during the Send a Kid to Camp campaign is used for campers. 
Names of donors will be listed unless anonymity is requested. Recent contributors include James A. Farley, Thomas and Phyllis DeWitt in memory of Lillie Fern McKinney, Rex and Dana Crumpton, Leon P. and Beverly A. Semkoff, Foster D. Rotramel, and Chambers HCE.

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