Salvation Army seeks donors for camp fees

The Salvation Army is seeking donors to help send needy children form this community to a week of summer camp at Camp Hoblitzelle in Midlothian. Through the Salvation Army’s summer camping program, disadvantaged kids ages ten through twelve get the chance to learn responsibility, respect for others, teamwork and strong moral values. The cost to send a boy or girl to camp is $160 a week. Donors may underwrite all or part of a child’s camp fee by sending a check to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 2608, Dallas, Tex. 75221-2608. “We recognize that the best way to help kids grow up to be independent, responsible adults is to teach them positive values, healthy morals and personal responsibility when they are young,” said Lt. Colonel Robert J. Tritton, Texas State Commander for the Salvation Army. “Instead of waiting until after boys and girls get into trouble’drop out of school, join gangs or start abusing drugs or alcohol’The Salvation Army offers programs and services that help prevent these problems from happening in the first place.” The Salvation Army has been providing emergency assistance to people in crisis in small towns and rural areas of Texas since the late 1800s. This is accomplished through a local group of volunteers in each town known as a Service Unit Committee. Dedicated business and civic leaders in these outlying areas volunteer their time and talents in a tradition of service to their neighbors. Service Unit Committees meet community needs such as providing food and clothing, help with utility bill payments and financial assistance for medical care and prescription medication. The volunteer groups also assist travelers with gasoline, bus fares, temporary shelter and food. Additional Salvation Army services in various locations across Texas include, after-school care and tutoring for children, school supplies for low-income students, senior citizen programs and shelter for the homeless. And for families and individuals demonstrating a need, arrangements will be made for assistance with utility payments, heating fuel, staple food items, temporary lodging and other vital services.

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