Released 30 April 2013
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KNOXVILLE, TENN. - April 30,
2013 - 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 the
Knoxville area, these
simple joys seem unattainable. These at-risk kids will spend their summer
wandering the streets or hanging out with other idle kids - a recipe for
trouble. However, The Salvation Army can help struggling local families avoid
this outcome for their children.
"Time spent at camp can be a
life-changing experience for kids," explains Sergeant Jared Martin, Corps
Officer for The Salvation Army's programs in Blount County. "It can
instill feelings of self-worth, open
up the world and offer hope for the future."
Last summer, 80 local children, some
of whom had never in their lives experienced being in a safe, loving
environment 24 hours a day ,were given the special gift of summer camp. Through
donations, underprivileged kids attended a weeklong camp where they played
sports, swam, explored the outdoors and made crafts. Moreover, 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
"We are so grateful to our
friends who sponsored these children," added Sergeant Martin. "What a
difference their generosity made in their lives. They will interact with caring
adults who listen to them and show them love and concern. Our campers not only enjoy
nutritious meals and explore the great outdoors; they'll learn important new
life-skills, like anger management and conflict resolution, that will stand
them in good stead for their future."
The Salvation Army is currently
seeking sponsorship for 80 children for summer camp 2013. "School will be
ending soon," Sergeant Martin 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. It's an experience not to be missed."
To donate to The Salvation Army, make
a donation online at www.SalvationArmyKnoxville.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
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 over 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.