Eight-year-old Elizabeth’s favorite activities at summer camp in the mountains last year were rock climbing, ziplining and making new friends.
It was her first camp and her first time away from home.
“It was one of the best times of my entire life,” she told counselors at the YMCA of Greater Long Beach.
Now comes the hardest part.
Elizabeth would like nothing better than to return to Y’s Camp Oakes in the San Bernardino Mountains this summer, but her chances seem dim unless her family receives financial assistance.
“I so wish I could go back,” she said, “but our family just doesn’t have enough money to send me.”
This is where you, Press-Telegram readers, come in.
We launched Press-Telegram’s 23rd Annual Send-a-Kid-to-Camp Fund Campaign, asking readers to donate to help send kids like Elizabeth to mountain camps run by Big Youth Groups. 5: YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach, Camp Fire Angeles, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
The program was started in 1999 by Tom Hennessy, the late Press-Telegram columnist, and Jean Bixby Smith, chairman emeritus of the Long Beach Community Foundation, which has since partnered with the fundraising news organization. .
We invite you to do your part this year and make a child’s dream come true. Keep in mind that it takes an average of $500 to send a youngster to a week-long mountain camp to enjoy the great outdoors.
Thank you in advance for making a difference in the lives of children in need like Elizabeth.
How to make a donation
In line: Credit card donations through the Long Beach Community Foundation website are preferred. To do this, go to longbeachcf.org or use the accompanying QR code.
To post: You can also send a check payable to Long Beach Community Foundation (with Send-a-Kid-to-Camp in the memo), 400 Oceangate, Suite 800, Long Beach, CA 90802.