COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

Fundraising for summer fun

brantin@thestate.comJuly 1, 2013 

Children from the Midlands arrive at The Salvation Army's Camp Walter Johnson in Denton, North Carolina.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SALVATION ARMY

The Salvation Army of the Midlands is seeking the public’s help to send area children to camp this summer.

The faith-based agency needs about $35,000 to send 66 children from impoverished families to its week-long Camp Walter Johnson in Denton, N.C. The money will be used for registrations and to transport campers from Columbia to the camp and back, as well as to pay for vehicle rentals and costs.

“The camping experience at Camp Walter Johnson is one that our campers will always remember but an opportunity these precious children would not experience without critical donations,” said Maj. Roger Coulson, regional coordinator/corps officer at The Salvation Army of the Midlands. “I ask that you financially support us as we provide opportunities for children to discover, learn and grow.”

Children whose families qualify through the Army’s social services or youth ministry departments are eligible to apply for camp. During the week, participants are given various opportunities to explore their faith and take part in a number of recreational activities.

Checks can be mailed to The Salvation Army of the Midlands, P.O. Box 2786, Columbia, SC, 29202 and designated to Camp Water Johnson.

A big boost for Honor Flight

Motorcycle riders donated more than $6,000 for Honor Flight during the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department’s fifth annual benefit ride earlier this month.

The event included 135 motorcyclists who traveled a section near Lake Murray.

Honor Flight provides airline and ground transportation for World War II military veterans to visit military memorials in Washington, D.C.

Several area businesses also donated to the event, including S&S Garage, Caughman’s Meat’n Place, Boland’s True Value, Keen Roofing, Wicker and Associates Inc., Rush Towing, Chapin Collision and Elledge Automotive.

A hole in one for area children

United Way of the Midlands Young Leaders Society raised more than $6,000 for community outreach during its recent YLS Classic golf tournament.

Proceeds from this year’s event were presented to Children’s Garden Child Development Center, one of the local sites operated by Vital Connections of the Midlands. The agency seeks to make a positive difference in the lives of young children, particularly those facing significant challenges.

“Young children of homeless and needy parents experience stress caused by the upheaval of what their families are going through,” said Robin McCants, Vital Connections executive director. “They need and deserve opportunities that will enhance positive development, and their families need the advantages to improve the quality of their lives. This (donation) has a direct impact on their development.”

The Young Leader Society members led a team of volunteers who planned and carried out the event and decided how to use the proceeds.

Reach Rantin at (803) 771-8306

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