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We’re helping to save Summer for the kids we serve

We’ve spent $25,000 on nearly 100 kids for Summer Camp or alternatives since March

Thanks to COVID-19, many of the kids we serve were in danger of not getting the Summer they deserve. We’ve come to the rescue by spending $25,000 on Summer Camp or alternatives for nearly 100 kids. And we have donors to the Tree of Hope – our annual holiday appeal – to thank for helping make it happen. 

Every year, we fundraise to send kids to Summer Camp. Last year, we sent 140 children and youth to camps around our community – a new record. But in May, we had to cancel the program because of COVID-19. It meant that many of our families wouldn’t get much of a Summer at all. Since then, we’ve been working hard to finding solutions. 

We’ve been working with families to find alternatives to camp, especially in areas where no Summer Camps are operating. We’ve spent $20,000 on art supplies, bicycles, outdoor activities, sports equipment, clothing and more. That includes buying a 6-year-old his first ever bike and helmet and helping a girl practise her basketball skills at home with a new portable basketball net. Part of the money also went to special needs that families had, including new beds and bedding and technology to help with schooling. 

While many of our camp partners have closed, we were able to work with the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area to send our kids to their Summer programs. We hope to send more than 30 kids to Camps this Summer. We’re grateful to the Boys and Girls Club for their support. 

Our ability to fundraise has been severely hampered by the Pandemic. We were lucky to have funds from our successful Tree of Hope holiday appeal. Thanks to our donors, December 2019 was the best year ever for the Tree of Hope. We raised nearly $70,000 and pledged to use any excess funds to send kids to Summer Camp. Now we’re using that money for camp and alternatives to camp because of COVID-19. 

We need your donations
The kids we serve need your help. Our charitable programs like Camp, the Tree of Hope and others all depend on donors like you. Help us continue to make a difference by making a donation online with a credit card right now.
 

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