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The Salvation Army Looking for "Angels" to Sponsor Local Children
The Salvation Army Looking for "Angels" to Sponsor Local Children

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 lives.    

"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.

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