Camp Hope takes place the third week of June at Camp Aldrich near Claflin. Accredited by the American Camp Association, Camp Hope is open to children between the ages of 5 and 17 years old.
Campers are able to enjoy regular camp activities at Camp Hope. Some of these activities include swimming, softball, golf, fishing, hiking, arts and crafts, and campfire singing. Staffed by pediatric oncologists and nurses to attend to the children’s needs, these camps provide a place for children in treatment or remission to become kids again through the summer camp experience.
In May, 2012 Kwik Shop District Advisor Heather Nicholas raised funds through customer participation in 11 Kwik Shop stores generating over $13,000, of which 100% was donated to Camp Hope. Heather and her team relayed many stories of customers personal involvement with Camp Hope. Heather said, “After hearing so many wonderful customer stories about the camp last year from customers I just knew I had to do more for the camp. I cannot express how much I appreciate our customer support of Camp Hope, our customers have been amazing.”
This May, 2013 the fund raiser was held again at Kwik Shop for Camp Hope and was expanded to all Kwik shop stores in Kansas raising over $39,000. This year in addition to the flyers that were proudly hung through the stores, there were also custom Camp Hope bracelets made. As in the previous year 100% of all money raised through customers and staff will go to Camp Hope. Heather and staff volunteered this year at the camp and at that time did a check presentation. While participating as a volunteer she heard about a young man in Boston who was a previous camper that received one of the Camp Hope bracelets which were sold in the stores. The young man who first saw the bracelets on a facebook post was so excited to recieve this bracelet.
Heather looks forward to many more years in support of Camp Hope.