The McLean County Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge Number 176, have donated $10,500 to The Baby Fold’s Summer Camp program (July 13-17; East Bay Camp, Lake Bloomington) in support of the children served through the program. The camp will also receive more than $6,550 collected by high school students from area Methodist churches participating as counselors in the week-long camp and an additional $18,258 from 138 individual donors. All three of these donation amounts are record gifts for summer camp giving.
The Baby Fold Camp is offered to child clients of The Baby Fold each summer and runs from July 13-17. This monetary donation is especially critical in light of massive state budget cuts which will affect 260 clients and 24 positions at The Baby Fold. Summer camp is a time for The Baby Fold’s children to learn new skills, take in the quiet beauty of nature, and quite literally make a splash with fun activities. They are taken out of their comfort zones and allowed to explore possibilities of a transformed life. Through it all, they build friendships, self-esteem, and a respect for the teachers and staff who care for them. It’s not just a chance to get away, but it’s a chance to come back renewed.
The McLean County Deputies have provided financial support of the camp in years past, including $10,000 donations in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008, as well as donating hundreds of Christmas baskets each year to the agency. The high school volunteers are providing gifts above and beyond the money they already raise to attend the camp themselves.
The Baby Fold is a not-for-profit child and family support agency that specializes in healing children and their families, many of whom suffer from severe emotional and behavioral conditions. The Baby Fold is focused in the areas of residential treatment, child welfare services, family support services (parenting, housing), and academic services (alternative education, community outreach, professional training and consultation). The agency serves over 1,000 children and families throughout Central Illinois each year.