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Aberdeen Supports Camp For Kids With Disabilities

July 11, 2014, 6:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Aberdeen Supports Camp For Kids With Disabilities
ABERDEEN, SD -

When you start counting the number of hearts kids from an Aberdeen camp have won over, the list is long.

Aberdeen Family Y Camp Dream Makers hosts dozens of kids each year who have disabilities. This year 61 kids attended.

"You've heard the saying 'it takes a village to raise a child.’ Well, it takes a village to go and make Camp Dream Makers happen also," director Rose Kraft said.

Kraft has one of those, a village made of very willing members to help. Joining her staff of ten, Kraft has a volunteer list of nearly 40.

Those are only people directly connected with the camp.

Places like SPURS which offers therapeutic horse riding has volunteers of its own who make sure the kids from camp dream makers have a special time each summer.

"We leave feeling better than they do probably," SPURS volunteer Linda Ellis said.

Ellis could be right, but that's saying a lot. Many kids insist Camp Dream Makers is "the bestest."

"Play games, basketball, baseball, football," Jordan Elsperger said.

Eva Latterell plans to attend camp forever, even if she's 70 years old.

"Because I love camp dream makers," Eva said.

So do a lot of others, including those helping whether it's fundraising, day to day operations during camp sessions or anything else.

"It's just been one thing after another and people come to me now and it just is great," Kraft said.

Kids watched model airplanes fly around the gym during camp Friday. If they could see the smiles pointed at them, even the airplanes would no doubt want to fly over those faces next year too.

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