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Salvation Army Nashville creates summer camp in a box program

Posted at 10:45 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 11:45:56-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Nashville Salvation Army is supplying kids and families with a summer camp in a box.

Because campers can't attend Camp Paradise Valley in person this year due to COVID-19, the local Salvation Army designed a 10-week program that can be enjoyed at home.

Once a week, Salvation Army volunteers are delivering to families boxes filled with activities, a devotional and food from Second Harvest.

"Through these boxes and through the program we do online, we address three areas: food scarcity, summer learning loss and toxic family stress," said Major Stephen Story, Salvation Army Nashville.

Each box is themed. The box for week three is pirate-themed and includes a craft that corresponds with the theme.

"We look at each project and one of the things we think about is, is the box fun? Is there something they get to do that is fun either as a camper or as a family?" said Major Story.

The camp costs $15 per child, per week. Major Story said the Salvation Army can enroll 14 more families in the camp. For more information or to donate to the camp visit their website.