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7-12-05 – Summer camp is built around fun, but a group of Sherman 5th and 6th graders are working, instead of playing, to help a fellow camper’s father who has cancer.
Since the beginning of June, the Key Memorial United Methodist Church has opened its doors for Project Transformation, an educational summer camp sponsored by Ameri-Corps that targets underprivileged kids.
When a group of kids learned that one girl's father had leukemia, and couldn’t afford a plane ticket to Maryland for a bone marrow transplant, they came up with a plan. For the past few weeks, they’ve made posters and gathered supplies for a fundraiser car wash.
12-year-old Perla Lupercio says her family appreciates all the selfless help.
“That makes me feel very great. My dad too, because when he and my mom found out, they were really happy that people are actually trying to help them,” Perla smiles.
Many of the campers with Project Transformation come from rocky backgrounds: broken homes, or low-income families, yet this summer, they are working together for a cause as selfless as any.
“They're hard kids a times. They need to be loved like most children do. But now that they have this to work toward, and they're able to show love to others, it's easier for us to love them and let them know we're here to help them,” says Project Transformation intern Sherida Hibbard.
The car wash and bake sale for Perla Lupercio’s father will be Thursday, July 14, at Key Memorial United Methodist Church in Sherman, from 12:45-2:30. The kids have no monetary goal, but say they simply want to help out this family as much as possible.