By MJ Vieweg
Many fifth-graders attend summer camp, but eleven-year-old Brooke Ober founded one called Camp Compassion. In essence, Camp Compassion serves homeless people and children in the hospital. “I wanted kids to have something valuable to do during the summer. I wanted to inspire them to use their time to help other people,” she said.
Over the summer, for a few afternoons a week, willing kids from Brooke’s neighborhood came together to make dinners to be served at the local homeless shelter and to make “I Spy” bottles for children to play with during hospital stays.
Brooke used the $100 grant from Start A Snowball to buy food for eight casserole dinners, small toys and supplies to make the “I Spy” bottles.
Brooke wants to make Camp Compassion a summer staple in the lives of local kids. “Part of my intent was for the kids to learn about community service and to have a happy attitude as they serve. That will be a large goal for Camp Compassion next year,” Brooke says.