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The Weatherford Police Department and local radio station QXFM (89.5) has joined with the Center of Hope for the 2011 “Get Up, Get Out, Get Active!” Drive benefitting Camp Hope to be held from 6-8 a.m. Friday, May 13 at the Weatherford Police Department.
For the past five years, Center of Hope has sponsored Camp Hope - a neighborhood summer feeding program for families who participate in free or reduced lunch programs during the school year. This year, not only are they teaching children simple ways how to fix themselves lunch, they are expanding Camp Hope curriculum to teach children cooking skills, Bible lessons, nutrition, exercise, safety, conflict resolution, personal hygiene and more.
“Our mission is to feed children physically, emotionally, and spiritually,” stated Michelle Buchanan, Special Projects Coordinator for the Center of Hope.
Recently, Cook Children’s Hospital developed a Community-wide Children’s Health Assessment and Planning Survey (CCHAPS) which includes Parker County. Among the issues of concern, our county has chosen to focus on childhood nutrition and obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aapproximately 17 percent (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 19 years of age are obese.
Through Camp Hope, they want to encourage children to “Get Up, Get Out, Get Active” and learn how to take care of themselves physically as well as emotionally.
“We want to teach our campers simple lessons about personal hygiene and exercise as well as nutrition,” said Mrs. Buchanan, “we want to help children be physically and emotionally healthy.”
This May 13, beginning at 6am, QXFM’s “Morning Show” with Dave Cowley and Brent Baker will broadcast live from the Weatherford Police Department encouraging local community members, businesses and organizations to drop by and donate items to encourage Camp Hope campers to “Get Up, Get Out, Get Active”! Here are some of the things we are looking for:
“Get Up!” - What do you do when you get up? Wash your face, brush your teeth, and brush your hair. We are teaching the campers all about personal hygiene. Needed items: hair brushes, combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, deodorants, etc. (Travel sizes work great!)
“Get Out!” - Get out in the sunshine and enjoy the day. We want to teach the campers how to protect their skin from too much exposure to the sun. Needed items: sunscreen, visors, caps, etc.
“Get Active!” - Get moving! It has been recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day to maintain good physical and emotional health! Needed items: kickballs, footballs, basketballs, Frisbees, bubbles, hula hoops, kites, etc…anything that will get kids outside and exercising!!
If you are interested in donating any of the above listed items, please come by the Weatherford Police Department on Friday, May 13th, from 6am to 8am to drop them off. Feel free to bring the items inside and help yourself to a donut and a cup of coffee. If you do not have time to join us inside, you can drive through the parking lot to the rear of the police department and someone will be there to take your donated items as you drive through. If you cannot make it within this time frame and would still like to make a contribution, please bring your donations to the Weatherford Police Department later in the day! Someone will be on hand to take those items from you!
On behalf of the Weatherford Police Department, the Center of Hope and QXFM, we would like to thank you in advance for your generosity!! THANK YOU!
Additionally, the Center of Hope provides groceries and hot meals for individuals and families. They are always in need of food donations. If you would like to donate any non-perishable food items to the Center, please bring those items to 629 Palo Pinto St, Monday thru Thursday, 10am to 2pm. For more information on the Center of Hope and the great things they do for the community, please visit their website at www.centerofhope.com.