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Watertown Salvation Army collecting spare change to send kids to summer camp

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WATERTOWN — Your spare change will help send a needy child to summer camp.

Just outside many businesses throughout the city and Jefferson County this week, a few dozen Watertown Salvation Army volunteers will request pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to send children to Camp Long Point on Seneca Lake, Dresden.

“We thought it’d be a little more proactive,” Lt. Zeb Hough said, regarding the spare change initiative. “It’s a summertime kettle campaign, so to speak. It’s a fun and interactive way for people to donate change to change a child’s life.”

During the initiative, termed “canning,” volunteers will shake recycled coffee/food cans, letting customers know there is plenty of room in the can for coin, or even dollar bill, donations. Canning will end Saturday.

The new idea came from the Watertown Salvation Army’s program aide, Brittany C. Frisch, who participated in a canning event when she attended college. She’s been working at the agency for three months.

“Our goal is to send 10 kids to camp,” she said, regarding proceeds of the canning campaign.

The Salvation Army buys 10 slots, and receives, on average, 25 to 30 additional slots for free. The initial cost of camp for those 10 slots is $6,000, or $600 each, Lt. Hough said. Volunteers, many of whom participate in the agency’s annual Red Kettle campaign, will be stationed at Kinney Drugs locations, Stewart’s Shops, Bolton’s Pharmacy, Salon on the Square, the General Store, Cabana Bay Tanning, School Daze and the Carthage Y, among other locations.

Mrs. Frisch said applications are printed and awaiting parents or guardians to fill them out on behalf of their child. She said summer camp is for children ages 5 to 18.

Since a physical is required, Lt. Hough said, he is communicating with various local partners to possibly provide that exam.

Many children who attend Camp Long Point, he said, otherwise may not go on summer vacation. There is no cost to parents or guardians to send their child to camp, and transportation is provided.

Mrs. Frisch said if people do not see canning volunteers or stop at participating businesses, they still can contribute to sending local children to summer camp. The Sgt. Audie Murphy Club, a philanthropic group on Fort Drum, already has sponsored a child to attend camp.

“Our mission in Watertown is to meet needs, to heal hurts, and change lives, all without discrimination and in the name of Jesus,” Lt. Hough said. “That’s who we are, and what we do.”

Camp sessions also help change children’s lives, he said.

If you want to help
Ways you can help send local children to summer camp, youths who otherwise may not get a summer vacation:
• Cash — may be dropped off at the agency; mailing cash is discouraged n Checks — Make checks payable to Watertown Salvation Army, with canning or camp written in the memo line. Checks should be sent to Watertown Salvation Army, 723 State St., Watertown, N.Y. 13601 n Online — Donate online by visiting http://wdt.me/9wnzPT n Volunteer for the canning campaign — Send an email to brittany.frisch@use.salvationarmy.org
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