Equipment, Supplies Stolen 1 Week Before Kids Camp

Camp for foster children, kids from shelter scrambling for donations after theft

By Kevin Cokely
|  Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010  |  Updated 6:26 PM CDT
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Equipment, Supplies Stolen from Foster Kids

It's more than just scissors that were stolen from a camp in Tarrant County.

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Equipment, Supplies Stolen from Foster Kids

A Fort Worth camp for children from local shelters and foster care programs throughout Tarrant County is seeking donations after camp supplies were stolen one week before kids head to camp.
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Two dozen children may be disappointed when they show up at summer camp next week.

Over the weekend, somebody stole all the equipment needed for Recovery Resource Council's CAMP L4, or Live, Learn, Laugh and Love.

"We went over to the garage to start getting out supplies gathered up and organized and open the door, and it was all gone," said Lisa Reiling, education director of the Recovery Resource Council. "It never crossed our mind to cancel it because we have those kids who are already expecting to go."

The equipment was stored in a garage across the street from the council's offices at 2700 Airport Freeway in Fort Worth.

The camp is for kids ages 6 through 12 from local shelters and foster care programs throughout Tarrant County.

"For one week, they get to be children," said Cynthia Cuellar, the council's chief development officer. "They get to laugh and enjoy life, and they get to bring their crafts home, and it's just so inspiring. When they leave, it's a life-changing experience."

"I'm ready to go swimming and have fun before we go start school," said 10-year-old Faith Bell, a returning camper.

But the Fort Worth fifth-grader said she is worried about next week's camp, which begins on Monday.

"(I am) concerned that we won't have a lot of things to play with and do things with," she said.

The nonprofit group is hoping enough people come forward with donations to insure the 24 kids have a good time.

"We just need the basic supplies that you need to make a camp happen -- sporting goods and craft supplies and paper goods and just a variety of things," Reiling said.

The group's website has a complete list of it needs: www.recoverycouncil.org.

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