Ro­tary Club de­liv­ers snacks for Sun­shine

The Covington News - - LOCAL - BRYAN FAZIO news@cov­

Around 400 campers de­scended on Rutledge from June 22-July 4 for a week-long respite from cancer and a chance to be chil­dren again, and sev­eral of Cov­ing­ton’s most phil­an­thropic busi­ness own­ers and lead­ers were there to greet them.

Through­out the last 17 years the Cov­ing­ton Ro­tary Club has helped wel­come chil­dren from around the state to Camp Sun­shine with a smile.

The club con­tin­ued do­ing that start­ing last Sun­day, wel­com­ing high school aged campers, all di­ag­nosed with cancer, to Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge. The campers be­gan early Sun­day pre­par­ing to wel­come campers with cool drinks and some snacks to in­spire con­ver­sa­tion and ca­ma­raderie dur­ing their six days there.

The club will head back to the camp this Sun­day wel­com­ing ju­nior campers to Camp Sun­shine and Camp Twin Lakes.

“We go to reg­is­tra­tion day and pro­vide re­fresh­ments, cokes, drinks and cook­ies and stuff,” said Doug Bolton, who has been vol­un­teer­ing at Camp Sun­shine with the Cov­ing­ton Ro­tary Club for 10 years. “It’s kind of an ice breaker for the kids. They deal with life stresses all the time and may be there for the first time.”

The Cov­ing­ton Ro­tary Club sup­plies the re­fresh­ments and vol­un­teers to deliver them an­nu­ally, along with donat­ing fre­quently to Camp Sun­shine.

“For us it tick­les our hearts and helps us do things that a lot of us can as­so­ciate with,” Bolton said. “We just want to be a part of it and help them as much as we can. We do other things with Camp Sun­shine as well.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on Camp Sun­shine, in­clud­ing where to do­nate, visit my­camp­sun­

Bryan Fazio/the Cov­ing­ton News

Ro­tary Club mem­ber Sal­isa Ba­con and her daugh­ter help pro­vide wa­ter for two campers check­ing in to Camp Sun­shine Sun­day.

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