CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A 7-year-old tomboy always wanted to pin her hair, paint her nails and wear pretty dresses, but her parents could never afford those things.
The simple act of dolling up gave the girl newfound confidence after she attended the Camp Horseshoe Leadership Center, in Parsons, last year.
Emily Nestor, a camp counselor from Buckhannon, said the girl spent most of her time playing and getting dirty. But when it came time for the banquet at the week's end, the girl was upset she couldn't dress for the occasion.
Nestor said she gave the girl a nice dress and painted her fingernails.
"You could just see how much it meant to her to wear a dress for the first time," Nestor writes in a letter.
Camp director David Cooper said the weeklong camp is open to children ages 7-12. Children who attend come from different backgrounds and many return each year.
Camp Horseshoe is one of the camps supported by the Gazette Charities Send-A-Child-To-Camp Fund. About 400 children are expected this year, and about 75 of those require $50 scholarships each, he said.