Salvation Army Looking for "Angels" to Sponsor Local Children


[Hopkinsville, KY 4/17/12] -  Hiking in the woods, making crafts, singing songs by the campfire, -- some of our fondest childhood memories come from summer camp.

            For the neediest children in Hopkinsville, these simple joys seem unattainable. These at-risk kids will spend their summer wandering the mean streets or hanging out with other idle kids… a recipe for trouble!

But The Salvation Army can help struggling local families avoid this outcome for their children. Last year in the United States, thousands of children attended some 48 Salvation Army residential camps. "It's an experience not to be missed," observes Hopkinsville Salvation Army Lt. David Costellow. "Time spent at camp can be a life-changing experience for kids. It can instill feelings of self-worth, open up the world and offer hope for the future."           

Corps Officer Costellow reports that last summer the citizens of Hopkinsville gave this precious gift to twenty local children, some of whom had never in their lives experienced being in a safe, loving environment 24 hours a day. Through these donations, underprivileged Hopkinsville kids got to go to a weeklong camp where they played sports, swam, explored the outdoors and made crafts.  And beyond the recreation, with the help of trained counselors they learned how to live together with a diverse group of neighbors, dealing with the troubling issues and concerns that challenge them in their daily lives.        

"We are so grateful to our friends who sponsored these children," he says. "What a difference their generosity made in these children's lives. The kids got to interact with caring adults who listened to them and showed them love and concern.  Our campers not only enjoyed nutritious meals and explored the great outdoors, they learned important new life-skills, like anger management and conflict resolution, that will stand them in good stead for their future.”

Lt. Costellow is currently seeking sponsorship for twenty children for summer camp 2012. "School will be ending soon," he points out. "There are lots of spots left and not enough money to fill them. I hope the community will come through for these deserving kids. For many of them, it's the highlight of the whole year."


About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.


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