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The kids we serve had a record-breaking Summer thanks to donors to the Tree of Hope holiday appeal

This Summer was another record-breaking year for the kids we serve. Thanks to the money we raised from last year’s Tree of Hope holiday appeal we sent more kids to camp in July and August than ever before. Every year we operate a charitable program that identifies families who need help with Summer Camp. We work with families to make Summer happen – planning which camp to send their kids to, doing the paperwork, paying the fees and helping with a drive or summer clothes. This year, we sent 142 kids to 18 camps all across our region. Most were between the ages of 6 and 12. That’s a new record for the program.

It was all made possible by the generous donations to last year’s Tree of Hope – our annual holiday appeal. The Tree of Hope also helped pay for clothing, personal items, travel and recreation opportunities all year round. 

Without our intervention, most of the kids who are eligible for the program won’t go to summer camp. In fact, in a survey we did of families in the program in 2019 more than 80 percent said that if we hadn’t provided support their kids would have stayed home all Summer long and not gone to camp at all. That’s not good for their development. It doesn’t help their families, who could use a break. And, ultimately, it’s not good for our community, because we all want every kid to be the best they can be.

Here’s how you can help


Summer for these kids depends on your donations. 

Can your family help one of our families this Summer?

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