We will again be collecting pull tabs for Indian Summer Camp, a special camp for kids who have been diagnosed with cancer! The Knights of Columbus have a competition between several small schools, mostly private, to see who will collect the most and win a trophy! Hopefully, we can win that this year! Last year was our first year to partner with them. This summer they were able to donate a check to Kids Cancer Alliance, who runs the camp, for $1000.00, from last year’s collection of pull tabs.
The camp is run totally on donations with the recycling of pull tabs being their main fundraiser. The camp began in 1981 with 20 campers. This summer they had four separate camps in which 241 children attended. Fifty-six recreation and support programs were provided to serve over 300 families fighting childhood cancer.
Since cancer can be quite expensive, there is no charge for the kids to attend the week-long camp. No child has ever been turned away. There are doctors and nurses at the camp so they can continue their chemo and treatments, if necessary. You may not have a lot of pull tabs but when added together, they can make a difference. Our number of pull tabs has dropped significantly in the last few years so I’m hoping we will have more this year!
You may send in your pull tabs throughout the year or wait until the final collection on April 10, 2020, to bring them. Your student may give them to their homeroom teacher or put them in my mailbox. In the past, the homeroom which collected the most received an ice cream sundae party! Let’s see if we can have enough participation to do that again!
You can read about Indian Summer Camp by going to www.kidscanceralliance.org.
Remember, with each pull tab you save, you are helping a child with cancer have a week of fun, just being a kid!
Thanks for your help!