Sierra Club a camp booster: Donation to aid military children
Washington --- For one week this summer, children will kayak along the Broad River, learn the history of the Cherokee Indians and roast marshmallows with other children who know what it feels like to have a parent in the military.
The 55 campers in Danielsville will participate in "Operation Purple" --- a free summer program that hosts 3,500 military children at 34 camps in 26 states, including two in Georgia. "If not for this experience, they may not be able to go to camp, sometimes because they can't afford it," said Pamela McBride, the program manager for the Army Reserve Child and Youth Services.
On Thursday, the Sierra Club announced it will donate more than $1 million to send an additional 1,000 military children to Operation Purple camps across the country.
Founded by the National Military Family Association, the program is aimed at helping children cope with being separated from parents deployed overseas.
The association also has received funding from Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computers, and has created a new camp this year for children with parents who have been wounded.
The camp in Danielsville, located on 160 acres along the Broad River in northeast Georgia, hosts children ages 9 to 14 from July 22 to 28. Operation Purple also has a camp site at Fort Benning for children ages 12 to 18 from June 17 to 24.
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