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When School is Out, Salvation Army Steps In

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Toronto ON, June 25, 2015 – Summer is here and Salvation Army camps are gearing up to provide vulnerable children with the time of their life.

“Salvation Army camps provide financially accessible camping opportunities to families in need,” says Captain Rick Zelinsky, Executive Director of The Salvation Army’s Ontario Camping Ministries. “Campers often come from difficult situations and camp is an experience like no other that can change young peoples’ lives and outlook forever.”

The Salvation Army hosted its first summer camp in Winnipeg in 1900. Today, more than 4,000 children attend week-long and day camps across the country.

“It’s one thing to help a kid at camp,” says Chris Noel, Program Coordinator. “It’s another thing to imagine what they go back home to. For many, camp is the only vacation they will get.”

At camp kids enjoy nutritious meals, learn new skills such as rock climbing and canoeing and meet new friends. Camp is a place of refuge where kids can be kids and receive a much-needed break from some of the challenges they face at home.

“The Salvation Army is here to fill the gap during summer months. Parents can rest a little easier knowing their children are in an affordable, safe environment and kids affected by poverty have something to look forward to each year,” says Major Les Marshall, Territorial Public Relations & Development Secretary for The Salvation Army in Canada.

For more information about Salvation Army summer camps, visit www.SalvationArmy.ca.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 400 communities across Canada and more than 125 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community. News releases, articles and updated information can be found at www.SalvationArmy.ca.

For further information please contact:

John McAlister
National Director of Marketing and Communications
Headquarters for Canada & Bermuda
Phone: 416 467 3186
E-mail: john_mcalister@can.salvationarmy.org

 

 

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