But at the six-day camp, children are provided home-cooked meals, clothes and other supplies. Camp counselors give them needed love, understanding, friendship and trust, Ridenour said.
"For many [counselors], they actually feel like a parent to their campers, making them take a closer look at their own lives," she said.
About 375 children attend the camp each year, many on full or partial scholarships. Ridenour said about $2,500 is needed to fund 50 children with partial scholarships. All donations are matched with the Governor's Young Opportunity Camp Grant.
"Camp Horseshoe shows them there is a big world out there and they can do anything if they strive for it," Ridenour said. "Dreams come alive to them and they learn they are 'worthy.' "
For more information on the camp, contact Executive Director Lois Nelson or coordinator Sharon Cassidy at 304-478-2481.
To help a child attend Camp Horseshoe or another camp, mail your donation to the Gazette Charities Send-A-Child-To-Camp Fund, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301. Every penny donated goes to camp scholarships; The Charleston Gazette covers all administrative costs.
Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.