For the neediest children in the Truckee Meadows, however, these simple joys seem unattainable. But The Salvation Army can help struggling local families provide a great activity for their children this summer.
“It’s an experience not to be missed,” said Major Michael Zielinski, corps officer for The Salvation Army of Washoe County. “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.”
Zielinski reported that last summer Truckee Meadows citizens gave this precious gift to 22 local children, some of whom had never experienced being in a safe, loving environment 24 hours a day. Through these donations, underprivileged Washoe County children 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.
Zielinski is currently seeking sponsorship for 114 children for summer camp 2011. “School will be ending soon,” he said. “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.”