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Lt. Jumaine Bernabé
East Polk county At-Risk Children Need Your Help To Attend Summer Camp
The Salvation Army looking for “angels” to sponsor local children
Winter Haven Serving all in East Polk county- 4/26 Hiking in the woods, making crafts, singing songs by the campfire − some of our fondest childhood memories come from summer camp.
For the most needy children in Winter Haven, 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 with your help, 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 Winter Haven serving all in East Polk County Salvation Army Lt. Jumaine Bernabé. “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.”
Lt. Jumaine Bernabé reports that last summer the citizens of East Polk county gave this precious gift to 30 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 East Polk county 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.
Lt. Jumaine Bernabé is currently seeking sponsorship for 25 children for summer camp 2016. “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.”
“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.”
To donate to The Salvation Army, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, 863.294.7493, mail your gifts to 1898 US Highway 17, Winter Haven FL.
About the Salvation Army in Winter Haven serving all in East Polk County.
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. 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. Almost 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.