Brightening Summer Hope for Kids and Honoring a Hero
- Written by Amy Dinsmore
- June 17 2014
Summertime is what every child dreams of—school is replaced with playtime and a chance to be outside and explore. One of America’s favorite activities during this time of year is participating in summer camps. The Give Back Committee (GBC) strongly agrees every child deserves the opportunity to experience all that camps have to offer and create cherished memories to look back on. Aside from fun in the sun and carefree days, the opportunity to enrich a student’s educational foundation is a great way to fill their free time. A belief that every child should enjoy reading, writing and a chance to let their imaginations soar is the basis of Page 15’s popular Young Writers Camps.
Page 15’s camps are not your typical, run-of-the-mill camps for kids who enjoy writing. In addition to quality instruction, aspiring young authors in grades 2-12 are given the unique opportunity to write, illustrate and publish their very first book—with help from published authors, editors and illustrators to boot. This inspiring and life-changing experience for eager youngsters caught the GBC’s attention once again. We’re delighted to provide financial scholarships for four lucky budding authors, and can’t wait to see their masterpieces. To learn more about how you can sponsor a well-deserving young person and encourage their artistic passions, visit their website here.
Imagine being a young child and looking forward to all the freedoms summer offers, but worried about where your next meal will come from, especially after relying on meals the school system provided for you each day. This is a troubling reality for many students. School is a place of consistency, comfort and nourishment for children of families suffering from financial hardships. When the school year ends, amazing organizations, such as Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, step in to make sure everyone is well fed. Their Summer Hope for Kids program ensures children in Central Florida will not go without the nutrition their little bodies need to grow and stay healthy.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida collects food and grocery products from organizations, individuals and volunteers and then distributes to approximately 550 local nonprofit feeding programs for families. Last year, their food bank distributed nearly 40 million pounds of non-perishable items to partner programs feeding women, children, seniors, day care centers and more. The numbers are staggering—hunger is an invisible, yet common issue throughout the majority of American communities. Second Harvest Food Bank serves more than 55,000 people per week, on average. Every item or dollar donated counts—one dollar can provide up to $9 in food value for your neighbors. To help make a difference, by creating a virtual drive or supplying a monetary donation to the Summer Hope for Kids program, like the GBC did, to make sure children and their families benefit from a warm meal, visit their website here.
The national law enforcement community faced another somber day with the latest line-of-duty death of Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie of Killeen Police Department in central Texas. Detective Dinwiddie was known as a role model and outstanding leader amongst the area’s police departments. He was shot by a suspect on May 9 while attempting to serve a search warrant, and succumbed to his injuries two days later. The suspect was arrested at the scene.
Detective Dinwiddie joined the Killeen Police Department in 1996 and the SWAT team in 1999. He became their go-to guy for tough cases and complex investigations. Above all the honors he received as a law enforcement hero, he was recognized as a remarkable father, husband, friend and community advocate. The PowerDMS team extends their deepest condolences to Detective Dinwiddie’s family and the brotherhood of central Texas law enforcement officials, and made a donation, in his honor, to the fund benefitting his family. To make a meaningful contribution to his grief-stricken wife, two children and extended family who loved him dearly, visit his website here.