RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Radio One took over the airways for the 12th annual ‘Send-A-Kid to Camp’ radiothon on Thursday in aim to give kids in the City of Richmond an opportunity to have a summer filled with fun.
“We want to send as many kids to camp,” Clovia Lawrence, Radio One’s Community Outreach Director, said. “Understanding that a lot of parents are working hard every day and they simply can’t afford to send their kids to camp.”
Radio One Richmond partnered with Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities and the Enrichmond Foundation to collect donations to make camp available and more affordable.
Richmonders who donated $25 or more could have requested their favorite song to be played on the FM stations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 9.Participating stations included WCDX — iPower 92.1FM/104.1FM, WKJS — KISS 99.3 FM/105.7FM, WPZZ — Praise 104.7 and WXGI — ESPN 99.5/ 102.7 FM/950-AM.
The PRCF summer camp is a full day comprehensive program that operates from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for ages 6-12 years old.
Eleven different campsites are being offered where kids can go on field trips, learn to swim, exercise and more. The cost of the camp can range from $250 to $350 for nine weeks.
“We are trying to reduce the summer learning loss, so there are interactive games and stuff,” PRCF Tamara Jenkins said. “So they might not think they’re learning but they’re still learning throughout the nine weeks of camp.”
Mayor Levar Stoney, Richmond Sheriff Antoinette Irving, Senator Roslyn Dance and many more leaders in the community will help kick off the annual event.
Even a $5 donation provides scholarships for kids in need. While the radiothon is over, you can still donate by going online. As of Friday, the total donations reached $28,000.
Donations are 100% tax deductible.
The 12th annual Send-A-Kids to Camp Radiothon is sponsored by 8News, Dominion Medical Associates, March Funeral Homes and the City of Richmond’s Department of Public Utilities.
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