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The spot for the good news, the good word, the quick reports of the many, many wonderful news items I hear all the time and want to share with the rest of you. Expect to find the good news when you come to check out "what’s the good word?"

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Camperships

This morning’s blog is in appreciation for the response to a casual and initially unintended comment included in a recent post entitled Camp. That post was followed the following Monday with Camp-II.

Both articles referred to a larger than usual number of children that wished to go to camp whose families were not able to pay for them to attend. The response was immediate. I first received a message that one person would be happy to provide a campership for a child to attend camp. That was followed by another offer to pay for a child from another generous heart. Then a pastor emailed to say that her congregation would like to provide two camperships. At the current time, we have received offers of support to send five children to camp! Thank you so much to those persons who have made this possible.

Unlike today, the reference to the particular need was not one I had intended to write about when I sat down at my computer that morning. Somewhat impulsively, it just sort of popped onto the screen from my fingertips. I decided to leave it there so you would know the situation, but did not provide any details.

Specifically, I did not say is that we were aware of at least fifteen children from one congregation whose families could not afford to send them to camp. We were contacted by their congregational leaders who wondered what to do. We responded that they should register the kids for the appropriate camps, and we would find the money somehow.

You can guess where this is going. At the present time we have the camp fees of five of those fifteen covered. Ten remain. We do have money in the youth fund we can and will use for this purpose, but I thought you might like to know the situation.

Perhaps you thought of sponsoring a child but didn’t know how. The fastest way is to click on the CEM Website and find the button that says, Donate Now through CanadaHelps.org. (This is a secure site, but you will need a credit card to complete this transaction.) When that page opens, insert the amount you wish to donate, then open the drop-down box and click on # 7 Canada East Mission. In the Message/Instructions space, tell us that you wish to sponsor a child to camp. After that, just follow the remaining instructions. The cost is $230 for Jr. High or $243 for Kids Camp. We would be glad to have help with either. If you would like to help but can afford only a partial campership, that would be fine too.

Alternately, if you wish to donate but are not comfortable with using your credit card on-line, you can simple send us a cheque in the mail now that the postal strike is supposed to be over.

Whether or not you are able to sponsor a child, we sincerely appreciate the generous spirit that is evident in the response already received. Its going to be a good summer for these 15 kids. Thank you for your generous heart.

Posted by Carman

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