Community donations make summer field trips possible

Community donations make summer field trips possible
Source: KFDA
Donations needed at the Wesley Community Center. (Source: KFDA)
Donations needed at the Wesley Community Center. (Source: KFDA)

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Summer camp at the Wesley Community Center begins next week and as a non-profit, they rely on help from the community to make children at the camp have experiences they won't forget.

While the camp charges a $95 weekly fee or $75 for siblings, it's donations that allow children from the area to experience things they may never have before.

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"Some of them never even leave home," said Rondell Campbell, the director of summer camps at Wesley. "Some of them only go to places with school, but taking them somewhere outside of Amarillo just to do something fun, really let them enjoy their summer is what we're really here for."

A bike rally fundraiser donated $1500 to the program this year so parents don't have to pay out of pocket for trips to places like Palo Duro Canyon.

"Doing fishing activities, being out of the mountains really enjoying themselves," said Campbell. "The experience for me as a director, even I felt like a kid again too. Seeing their faces light up just knowing that they're enjoying their summer is always a blessing."

Besides summer camp, the center asks for donations monthly for specific programs in need and the community is there to lend a helping hand.

"They usually are pretty receptive to that," said Rebecca Pearson, Fund Development Manager at Wesley. "A lot of people have things lying around that they just don't use anymore like construction paper, office supplies. Sometimes we do ask for appliances like microwaves. We are looking for a washer and dryer for our day care as well."

Wesley wants people to know that every donation made has an impact in the lives of those they serve.

"We're a non-profit with limited funding, so anything that anyone can bring in off of the list is greatly appreciated and really helps us out," said Pearson.

There are still spots available for kids in grades kindergarten to fifth  to join the summer camp that runs from May 29th to August 10th.

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