TOTAL NEEDED: $7400

TO DATE: $2700



Another cut-off notice from the electric company is becoming a common occurrence for a young Rogers County mother with three children.

Arriving home at the end of the day to no lights, no air conditioning, no TV, and no way to cook a hot meal is leaving the whole family frustrated and on edge.

“She wonders what she should tell her kids,” said Gloria Conaway, Rogers County Department of Human Services school-based social worker. “If only Mom could get some relief from this crazy time in her life.”

Camp Heart O’the Hills might be at least part of her answer — a week where she could regroup and the kids could get away from the stress of their current situation.

More than $5,000 is still needed for Share the Spirit’s Send a Kid to Camp fund in order to give 40 Rogers County boys and girls the opportunity to attend camp June 15-20.

The goal is $7400, or $185 per camper. All funds raised are used for campers.

DHS 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.

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. Recent donors include Eva Harriet Stewart and Mary K. Stewart.

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