Making Camp Dreams Real for Children

The Salvation Army Thrift Store has made camp dreams real for 831 kids across Canada this summer.

Through the generosity of donors to the Thrift Store’s annual Send a Kid to Camp campaign, which took place in 107 locations nationally over 6 weeks, $207,858 was raised. These funds will be used to support sending local children from the Thrift Stores’ communities to 11 Salvation Army camps in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. 

“Our teams put incredible effort into our GoodWorks@Work® initiatives such as Send a Kid to Camp,” says Michele Walker, National Director of Retail Operations at The Salvation Army Thrift Store National Recycling Operations (NRO). “Their dedication and desire to support our camping ministries can be seen in these amazing results raising over $25,000 more than last year!”

This is the second GoodWorks@Work® initiative following Christmas Kettles to hit that $200,000 mark. “This wouldn’t be possible without the support of our guests and team members,” Walker said. “We hear stories of guests that have been supported by The Salvation Army in and want to give back. What’s better than sending a child who couldn’t afford it to summer camp?”

Funds raised in this year’s campaign are in addition to a $15,000 donation made by the Thrift Stores in Edmonton to purchase a new tractor for the Salvation Army Pine Lake camp in Alberta. “We received a special donation last year and our store felt strongly about it being used for their local camp. On the list of needs for the camp was a new tractor to assist with upgrades to their site and we were happy to help fund that for them,” added Walker. 

The annual campaign kicked off on May 1st and ended on June 8th. During last year's six week campaign, the Thrift Stores collected over $180,000 to send over 800 kids to camp.