KENNETT SQUARE >> Equipment used for a summer camp attended by local children dealing with abuse, depression, bullying and HIV/AIDS was ruined by floodwaters earlier this week, just as camp got underway.
“A sewage grate got blocked with debris, and the water got into our garage and went into a lot of our bins,” said Patty Hillkirk, founder of Camp Dreamcatcher, which provides fun and therapeutic escape for underprivileged children dealing with a host of issues, especially HIV/AIDS.
“One hundred percent of these kids are low income when they arrive (for camp) and don’t have anything,” Hillkirk said. “We lost almost $9,000 worth of supplies – pillows, blankets, medical supplies – everything in that garage.”
The garage on Cedar Street in Kennett Square is used as a storage facility for summer camp at Camp Saginaw in Oxford, in which more than 200 children attend.
During registration earlier this week, kids had to be outfitted with garbage bags because there was no rain gear.
Hillkirk said some people in the community have been pitching in to buy supplies or bring supplies to the camp.
Supplies needed are flashlights and batteries, walkie talkies, rain ponchos, blankets, markers, variety of novelty beads for jewelry making, Tempera paint, glitter, yarn and ribbon, plastic paint trays, paint brushes, feathers, pipe cleaners, wooden frames and boxes for decorating, fabric paint and markers, glitter glue, canvas tote bags for decorating, acrylic paints and tacky glue.
At Camp Saginaw, Camp Dreamcatcher campers, age 5 to 17, enjoy horseback riding, go-kart racing, swimming, arts/crafts, miniature golfing, concerts, boating, basketball, tennis, volleyball, a camp-wide carnival, cooking and an annual dance and talent show during week-long activities.
To donate so supplies can be purchased, go to www.campdreamcatcher.org and click on the “donate” icon. Supplies can be dropped off at the camp located at 740 Saginaw Road, Oxford.