WEIRTON - The "Camp-4-Kids" Campaign - a fundraising effort to give Brooke and Hancock county children an opportunity to go to summer camp - moves forward as the Salvation Army continues to promote community support.
Each summer for more than 50 years, the Salvation Army has opened the gates of Camp Tomahawk, a 172-acre residentital camp, and this year the Salvation Army Weirton Corps' goal is to reach out to community leaders over the next few weeks to raise $5,000 to cover the cost of sending 20 additional children ages 7-14 for a one-week experience at Camp Tomahawk in Hedgesville, W.Va.
According to Donna Gompers, Salvation Army resource development director, the Salvation Army has received $750 dollars in contributions thus far. The donors include Dan and Linda Spanovich of Weirton, Tim Lacy of Weirton and several anonymous donations.
SENDING KIDS TO CAMP — To further the efforts of the Salvation Army “Camp 4 Kids” Campaign, the Hancock County Advisory Board will contribute funds from their own pockets to sponsor sending a child to camp. From front left is Alice Frankovitch, Captain Goldie Long, Cathy Ferrari, chair, Kitty Kochman and Cathie Caranda. In back is Rik Rekowski, Jan Hicks, Mike Andochick, Scott Winwood, Duke Horstemeyer, Mike Wehr, John Greco and Captain Ed Long. -- Angelina Dickson
In addition, the Hancock County Advisory Board will be pitching in and sponsoring a child to go to camp.
"Sending these children to camp could make such an impact on their lives," said Cathy Ferrari, board chair. "You have the full support of the board."
Captain Ed Long said he knows first-hand how beneficial going to the Salvation Army summer camp can be by getting children off the streets. He said the organization sponsors a second camp in Charleston, W.Va. that they are looking to send more young people to who will leave Monday and return Friday.
"They are going to get a chance to do things they wouldn't normally get to and your support is appreciated," he added.
The funds raised will help take care of the cost, $250 per child, and includes transportation, food, lodging and activities, and allow those area children the chance to go for free.
For more information on how to help support the Camp-4-Kids Campaign, call the Weirton Salvation Army at 304-748-4310.
(Dickson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)