Give the Gift of Camp to Local Children
Donate to Summer Camp 2017
More than 100 children who are experiencing homelessness or poverty from The Austin Salvation Army Shelters and Service Centers, from ages 5 through 16, will attend summer day camps and overnight camps starting in June. Camp is important for every child, and it is especially important for children in our community who are facing great challenges. You can help give these children the gift of summer camp by donating supplies (see list below) OR by clicking this link to donate now and help send a local child to camp!
“As you can imagine, going to camp is big deal to local kids who are living in shelters or in poverty,” says Stacy Schwarz, Assistant Social Services Director. “It’s one gift The Austin Salvation Army can offer them while their parents are busy each day working, studying or training to improve their employment.”
Summer camp provides stability and structure in the midst of chaotic times for these children. Activities include team building, swimming and swimming lessons, exploring the great outdoors, playing sports and games, studying nature and wildlife, talent shows and lots more!
There are two ways the community can help: 1) Purchase items (from the list below) and drop them off to us. You can do this as an individual, or you can organize a drive through your company, church or organization. 2) Donate online and give local children the gift of camp. We are in need of the following items to equip our children to attend camp:
Flashlight & new batteries
Plastic water bottles with attached lid
Sunscreen – 4 to 8 oz. – SPF 30
Travel size toothpaste & toothbrush
Baseball caps – boys & girls
Hand sanitizer – 2-4 oz.
Water Shoes (for ages 10-12)
Insect repellent, individual size
Sleeping bags (need 35)
Socks – boys & girls ages 6-12
Drop Off Locations
Donations may be dropped off at:
The Salvation Army office Williamson County Service Center office
10711 Burnet Road, Suite 231, Austin, 78758 1930 S. Austin Avenue, Suite 101, Georgetown 78626
Monday thru Friday 9 am to 4 pm Tuesdays and Thursday 9am to 4pm
Organize a large donation drive
Please contact Donna Clendennen at 512-634-5921 or AustinDevelopment@uss.salvationarmy.org to organize a large drop-off or collection drive with your church, company or organization. Should you wish to donate by mail, please mark your check “Summer Camp” and send it to: The Salvation Army, 10711 Burnet Road, Austin, TX, 78758.