Special Kids’ camp luncheon deemed success

Local nonprofit Special Kids recently played host to 60 guests at its annual Camp Ability of Special Kids Luncheon on July 23 at North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro.
Aug 10, 2014
(Submitted to The Democrat) Pictured (back row, from left) Meaghan Pauley with Autism Speaks, Sarah Callender with Special Kids, Brandon Deal with Camp Ability of Special Kids, camper Jack, Josh Markham with the Richard Siegel Foundation, Aimie Markham, (front row, from left) campers Maddie, Mikey and Milo.

Local nonprofit Special Kids recently played host to 60 guests at its annual Camp Ability of Special Kids Luncheon on July 23 at North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro.

Guests were greeted at the door by campers at the start of their tour of the summer day camp. The program began with a musical presentation by campers ranging in ages from 6-25 years old followed by a prayer by one of the camp children. 

Lunch provided by Jim ‘N Nick’s barbecue was served to all the guests and more than 80 campers and counselors. 

Kathryn Flowers, grandmother of Special Kids camper Kelsey Flowers, spoke about how Camp Ability had helped her family and how much Flowers enjoys spending his summers at camp.

“It’s always so exciting to see the connection between the kids and our community leaders at the event every year,” said Stephanie Folkmann, director of development at Special Kids. “We are very thankful for all of the investors who took the time to eat with the kids and help us make the program possible.”

The lunch concluded with a special presentation to the grant providers who made the eighth year of Camp Ability of Special Kids possible. The supporters included Baptist Healing Trust, Middle Tennessee Electric Customers Care, Richard Siegel Foundation, Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation and Autism Speaks.

“Camp is a ministry to these families that have so many other concerns to worry about,” said Brandon Deal, director of Camp Ability of Special Kids. “Our grant providers are vital in helping us to provide a fun and interactive place for the kids that is also low cost to the families.”

Camp Ability of Special Kids is a Christian, summer day camp for children with special needs ages 6-25. Camp Ability is designed to allow children with special needs to participate in an interactive, social, and fun environment during the months of June and July each year. Counselors focus on children’s abilities rather than disabilities and find ways for all campers to participate in activities.

Special Kids is a Christian nonprofit offering therapy and nursing services to children with special needs. 

The Murfreesboro-based ministry started with one child in 1998 and has grown to serve more than 2,600 children from 18 counties in middle Tennessee. For more information about Special Kids, visit specialkidstn.com or call 615-893-4892.

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