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Fundraiser helps Medfield kids attend summer camp
MEDFIELD – A local effort to help needy children attend summer camp raised more than $5,000 this summer.
The initiative – organized by the Medfield Foundation – is now in its second year, said foundation member Osler Peterson. With the funds raised through the program, a total of 18 local children were able to attend 28 weeks of the camp put on by the Medfield Parks & Recreation Department. The money also allowed for nine additional swim pond passes, which gave about 34 people access to the pond.
Peterson said Medfield Youth Outreach leaders had first raised the matter with the foundation in 2017, as that group interacts quite a bit with people in need.
“Kids going to camp is not just about a fun time for the children,” he said. “It also allows parents to go to work.”
However, the idea was first discussed in June, forcing the foundation to move quickly to raise its $5,000 goal.
“We started it at the eleventh hour,” Peterson. “There was sort of a blitz to get information out on social media.”
This year, the drive was greatly bolstered by a $5,000 grant from the Medfield Home Committee.
“The Home Committee was impressed by the Medfield Foundation’s Camp Fund during its initial year last summer,” Committee Chairwoman Kathy Thompson said in a statement. “This year, the Home Committee wanted to support such a great, local goal for Medfield kids.”
Though the Home Committee provided the bulk of the money raised, the foundation was able to garner about $1,000 from other community donations, Peterson said. Those who wish to contribute to the drive may do so at the foundation’s website, www.medfieldfoundation.org, or by mailing checks to the group, care of the Medfield Town House.
The Medfield Foundation itself, Peterson said, grew out of a desire to bolster private philanthropy in town. Under its aegis, there have been efforts to provide a new football field for the high school and build an outdoor classroom for the Dale Street School, among other projects.