Many Reasons to Support a Great Experience

Children frolic in the pool at Camp Moss Hollow, the summer camp supported by readers of The Washington Post.
Children frolic in the pool at Camp Moss Hollow, the summer camp supported by readers of The Washington Post. (By James Goodwin -- Camp Moss Hollow)

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By John Kelly
Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Far be it from me to tell you what to do with your money. Instead, I'm going to tell you what a few other people did with their money.

Nancy and Maynard Timme of Ocean City picked up cash they found on their walks and converted it into a check for $50, which they made payable to Send a Kid to Camp and sent to me. "Pennies from heaven" is what they call the money they collected.

You see, walking really is good for you.

Springfield's Merceda Saffron sent Send a Kid to Camp a check for $25 along with this observation: "Children are our most important and precious treasures and we all need to help support and guide them as they grow."

That's exactly what the counselors at Camp Moss Hollow try to do: steer youngsters in a positive direction.

Patricia Brooks of Fort Washington wrote: "There is much research to support the notion that the difference between rich children and poor children is what happens to them in the summer. I applaud your efforts."

And I applaud your $35 donation, Patricia. Thank you!

That's how our campaign works: Many donations from many people add up, allowing at-risk 7- to 14-year-olds from the Washington area to spend a week away from the temptations and distractions of the city.

"I have many memories of summer camp myself," wrote M.L. Lukeman of Gainesville with a $35 donation. "It's a great program for D.C. kids."

The folks at the Boxwood School in Warrenton agree. They donated $100 and wrote, " 'Have a wonderful week at Moss Hollow' is, certainly, the best mantra and send-off to these trapped inner-city youngsters when their chance arrives to come out here to gorgeous Fauquier County."

Jackie Handly of Falls Church donated $50. "This past weekend we traveled to my daughter's camp's open house," she wrote. "What a fun day of swimming, rock climbing and more. . . . We realize we are very fortunate our daughter can go to camp and wish the same fun for other children."

Eugenia Braun of Herndon ($100; thanks, Eugenia) exclaimed, "My youngest grandson will attend at least three camps this summer."


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