Cooper said the camp is a life-changing experience for some of these children. They are pushed to try new things -- fishing, hiking or playing in a creek. And they eventually grow close to one another.
"For a week they become family," Cooper writes. "Many do not have a family to call their own."
Camp Horseshoe staff, he said, always make sure the children have everything they need and three meals a day. They go the extra mile to help the children -- like Nestor did when she bought the dress, Cooper said.
"For one week, we are an escape for some, and we are providing time that they can just be kids," he said.
To help a child attend this camp or others like it, mail your donation to the Gazette Charities Send-A-Child-To-Camp Fund, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301. To donate online, visit www.wvgazette.com and look for the Camp Fund logo.
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.