Summer Camp Fund, that helps hundreds, behind on the idea and needs your help

July 29, 2017 - summer camp

One camper with sickle dungeon anemia came home from a week during Camp Victory Junction full of fun and freedom. Another from a low-income residence now dreams of apropos a doctor.

And a relatives of a daughter with Down syndrome pronounced they didn’t consider people could caring like that.

The Charlotte Observer’s Summer Camp Fund has lifted some-more than $1.3 million, promulgation over 2,500 children to day and nap divided camps given it started in 2009. Last summer, a account paid for 1,000 kids to attend 37 camps.

This year’s idea is $215,000, that if reached would send 500 kids to 33 camps. Currently, a Observer has lifted about $169,000, about $46,000 brief of a goal.

Hornets President and Chief Operating Officer Fred Whitfield pronounced camps are where many kids make their fondest memories and build life-long friendships. Whitfield is this year’s titular authority of a fund.

“Whether a child wants to be a doctor, a clergyman or an NBA player, it is undeniably critical that he or she has a event to grow and follow that dream,” Whitfield said. “By giving these kids a ability to attend camps, where they can get out of their comfort zone, learn new things and accommodate new people, we are assisting them set out on a trail to strech their goals.”

Rolfe Neill, final year’s titular authority of a account and a long-time business and county personality in Charlotte, pronounced a stay provides thrill, instruction and a lifetime knowledge to campers. The former Charlotte Observer publisher pronounced if people could demeanour in their gangling change jar and send what they can, some children would distinction from it for a rest of their lives.

“If only a tiny series of people would send in $25 or $50 a piece, it would capacitate a Summer Camp Fund to strech a goal,” Neill said.

Many kids receiving scholarships for summer camps come from low-income areas. They competence be partial of a singular primogenitor domicile or attend an under-performing school.

Other kids who advantage from a account have health conditions and going to summer stay gives them, and their parents, a much-needed break. They are means to attend specialized camps where they are cared for, though also are giveaway to play games and sports alongside other kids who know what any other is experiencing.

Going to summer stay shows a campers how many opportunities are accessible to them. The campers learn about nature, healthier eating habits and how to be leaders. They come home with some-more courage and aspirations.

To give to a Summer Camp Fund, present during charlotteobserver.com/summercampfund. Or send donations to The Summer Camp Fund, P.O. Box 37269, Charlotte, NC 28237-7269.

Each Sunday during a drive, a Observer will list contributors to a fund. If we wish to make an unknown donation, prove it on a “for” line of your check or on PayPal, note your welfare in a special instructions field. To present in respect or in memory of someone, use a “for” line or special instructions field. Donations are tax-deductible and are processed by Observer Charities, a 501(c)(3).

If we have questions about your donation: 704-358-5520.

Jamie Gwaltney: 704-358-5612, @jamielgwaltney

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