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Photo Essay: How Summer Camp Changes Lives

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Summer is here, and one place that gives vulnerable children the opportunity to have fun and learn life-long skills is Salvation Army camps. Click on any picture below to access the photo gallery and learn more about the positive impact that camp can have on a young life.

 

 

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Fort McMurray: After the Fire

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“As the community moves from response to re-entry to recovery and rebuilding, the local Salvation Army in Fort McMurray is beginning to consider and anticipate community needs,” says Captain Mark Stanley from The Salvation Army in Alberta.

As of July 4, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry classified the wildfire as under control, completely contained and will be extinguished. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people evacuated have returned to their homes. With this in mind, The Salvation Army has identified three key goals.

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    Summer Camp Changes Lives

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    Parents want the best opportunities for their children, but for thousands of Canadians struggling to make ends meet, sending a child to summer camp is an extra expense they simply can’t afford.

    "There's no way I could afford to send my kids to camp," says Tricia. “Salvation Army summer camp has been a godsend.” Despite having full-time employment Trish’s income doesn’t allow for extras like camp.

    Every year, thousands of individuals and children from low-income families attend Salvation Army summer camps. From […]

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    “My Tummy Hurts”

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    “Sometimes my kids say ‘my tummy hurts,’” says Barbara. “Knowing they are hungry, and I can’t afford to feed them, makes me cry every day.”

    Are you hungry? Have you eaten today? According to food banks Canada, 918,000 Canadians go hungry every summer.

    When the last school bell rings and summer begins, hundreds of children from low-income households lose access to school breakfast and lunches they rely on during the school year. When school meals disappear it puts an extra strain on […]