Tianna Moak and Britany Raleigh, both third graders at McIntosh Elementary in Chelsea, were able to spend a week at Heart O’Hills Salvation Army Camp last summer thanks to the generosity of Claremore Progress readers.

“I had a great time at camp last year and would like the opportunity to go again this year,” Tianna said. “I would like to see my friends and teachers that I met last year. I would love to have the opportunity to make lots of new friends. I hope you will consider me in attending camp at Heart O’Hills in Tahlequah.”

But things almost didn’t work out for Britany.

The Saturday before they were set to leave, Gloria Conaway, school social worker with Rogers County Department of Human Services, was called to meet Britany and her mother, Kim Raleigh, at the emergency room at the Indian Hospital.

Britany was upset that since she was sick, she might not be able to go after all. To her relief, she was diagnosed with an ear infection and only her swimming was restricted.

Britany loved the camp experience, especially getting new clothes, playing games and seeing her friends. She would like to return to camp this year and is also wanting her brother, Paul, to attend with her.

This year’s camp is June 25-30 and offers children like Tianna and Britany a week of fun in the sun, swimming, boating, crafts, good food and a chance just to be kids.

However, they can’t get there without your help. Each year, Claremore Progress readers generously give funds to send 40 Rogers County kids to camp.

A total of $6800 — $170 per child — needs to be raised.

All the money will be used for campers. Funds are administered by the Share the Spirit Foundation.

The camp fee includes lodging, meals, insurance, and a canteen card to buy snacks and craft materials.

Department of Human Services and Child Welfare coordinate 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.

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.

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.

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