Salvation Army Needs Help Sending Kids To Camp

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Salvation Army is seeking help to send kids to summer camp.

Officials said, "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 Greater Chattanooga Area, however, these simple joys may be unattainable. These at-risk kids will spend their summer wandering the streets or hanging out with other idle kids – a recipe for trouble. The Salvation Army can help struggling local families avoid this unwholesome outcome for their children."

"Time spent at camp can be a life-changing experience for kids,” said Major Teresa Newsome, Associate Area Commander of The Greater Chattanooga Salvation Army.  “It can instill feelings of self-worth, bring new experiences and offer hope for the future."        

Last summer, 100 local children, some of whom had never in their lives experienced being in a safe, loving environment, 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 issues and concerns that challenge them in their daily lives.    

"We are so grateful to our friends who sponsored these children," said Major Newsome. "What a difference their generosity made in these young lives. They 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 exciting new life-skills, and most importantly will learn about the love of Jesus.”

The Salvation Army is currently seeking sponsorships for 100 children for summer camp 2013. "School will be ending soon," Major Newsome 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 of a lifetime!"    

It costs $200 per camper, per week to attend over-night camp. The Salvation Army does not charge these children; instead relies on donations from the community. To support The Salvation Army summer camps, make a donation online at www.csarmy.org or call 800 SAL-ARMY.


New Hamilton County Marriage Licenses

Here are the new marriage licenses from the County Clerk's office: TIMOTHY LOGAN ROBINSON                            WHITNEY JANAI GIBSON 4905 HWY 58 APT 92                                4905 HWY 58 APT 92 CHATTANOOGA, TN 37416 ... (click for more)

McKamey Animal Center's Annual Doggie-1000-Egg Hunt Takes Place April 8

The annual Doggie-1000-Egg Hunt at the McKamey Animal Center, located at 4500 North Access Road in Chattanooga will be  Saturday April 8, starting promptly at  10:30 a.m . Early registration is encouraged starting at  9:30 a.m . The cost of the event is $5 per dog or two cans of dog food per dog entered. The donated canned food is used for the residents at ... (click for more)

Robert Driver Jr. Shot At Bar Near Hamilton Place On Sunday Night

A man was shot at a bar near Hamilton Place Mall on Sunday night. At approximately  9:51 p.m.,  Chattanooga Police officers responded to the report of a person shot in the parking lot of Bar Louie located at 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.   Responding officers located 34-year-old Robert Driver Jr. suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local ... (click for more)

1 Person Killed In 3-Car Accident In Dalton On Saturday

There was a fatal three-vehicle crash on the South Bypass in Dalton just south of Sawgrass Drive  on Saturday  at approximately  4:30 pm . The crash happened when the driver of a black Ford Mustang traveling southbound on the bypass for some reason left its lane of travel and crossed over the center line and hit a 2004 Chevy Silverado truck head on. ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: This Library Comes Alive

I am pretty positive that I haven’t stepped foot in a library in the last 50 years. Between the ever-widening Internet, with all of its search engines and infinite resources, I have got about as much use for a library as I would if I read a book about a transgender person. I have neither the time or inclination. Be like trying to teach a pig to sing – the pig always get bored. ... (click for more)