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Camp Arrow helps disabled children

June 2, 2003

Lowndes County - Thirty-five disabled children have gathered in Lowndes County this week for Camp Arrow. Fifteen year old Jason Richardson looks forward to this camp all year. "I don't feel like I stick out here because everyone is like me," said Richardson.

The special needs camp is designed for South Georgia children with multiple disabilities. "We have kids with cystic fibrosis, down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, speech impairments, blind and deaf kids, and heart diseases," said Sheila Swicegood, Camp Director.

A variety of fun activities and a dedicated staff help children with special needs feel loved and accepted. "They care about me and they love me, said Becky Wrest, Camper.

Even a simple activity like arts and crafts helps the campers build confidence. "I used to get really depressed because some people think I'm weird but now I know all that matters is what Jesus thinks," said Richardson.

The kids will leave camp Friday with new found friendships and a more positive outlook on life.

posted at 3:30 by ashley.harper@walb.com