The Crisis Center for South Suburbia seeks donations of art kits and other materials for its summer camp for children residing in the emergency shelter.
Started a few years ago, the camp’s popularity has increased over time, so the program has been expanded this summer.
The summer camp experience was originally introduced to ensure the children impacted by domestic abuse had an opportunity to enjoy fun-filled, educational activities while living in shelter. The focus of the program has also become therapeutic and healing. Mothers are encouraged to attend with their kids to renew the bond that may have been broken or interrupted due to witnessing violence in the home. Additionally, camp coordinators engage the children in activities designed to help develop team building and social skills. The activities revolve around educational play and include arts and crafts, nature exploration, reading programs, interactive games, and more.
“Our hope is the program will help bring a sense of normalcy to the lives of the children while they’re in shelter,” said Edward Vega, Sr., CCSS Executive Director. “It’s important for them to have this peer interaction and structure while away from school,” Vega added.
The Crisis Center is seeking donations for its Summer Camp. The agency is asking for sand art kits, stepping stone kits, water tables, sing-a-long nursery rhyme CDs and DVDs, individual chalk boards and chalk and/or individual dry erase boards, and multicolored play parachutes. For more information or to schedule a time to drop off donations, contact Kerri Twietmeyer, Donation Coordinator, at 429.7255, ext. 126.
The Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s mission is to provide emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence and address the societal issues that contribute to domestic violence. Visit www.crisisctr.org for more information.