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Camp Compassion

Camp Compassion: Girls using their time and talent to reach out to others.

Camp Compassion: Girls using their time and talent to reach out to others.

Kailee Nardi and Emily Peterson, students at Kennedy Junior High School, wanted to work on a service project this summer. Last year they participated in a neighborhood program founded by a friend, Marlee Moen, called "Camp with a Cause." When Marlee enrolled in Illinois State University to pursue a degree in teaching, Kailee asked if she might continue this camp that the girls in their Green Trails neighborhood had grown to love.

Kailee, with the help of Emily, Julia Dubnick, and Mary Kate Murphy, organized a staff of twenty friends who assisted as counselors and role models for girls aged five to nine years old. Dave Murphy, a family friend of Emily's, generously donated t-shirts that united the girls in their spirit of compassion.

During the week of June 27 through July 1, the campers created blankets, birthday cards, birthday kits, and welcome bags to share with the children and families of DuPage PADS and Our Children's Homestead. The camp raised over $600.00 and collected nine large boxes of personal items and birthday goodies to donate. Even greater, fifty young ladies learned how much fun it is to use their time and talent to reach out to others.

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