Children, youth and young adults have consistently been some of the best leaders with the ELCA Malaria Campaign.Perhaps it’s because malaria especially affects children, or perhaps it’s because some malaria interventions are so inexpensive that even a little bit makes a difference. Whatever the case may be, our youngest members really seem to understand that they can make an impact. The campers and staff of Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center (LCLC) in Bemus Point, NY are no exception.
Photo: Happy campers enjoy Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center
Each summer, the camp invites campers to share some of their canteen money to support a special cause. This year, campers had the opportunity to give to the ELCA Malaria Campaign. After hearing about the campaign at the Upstate New York Synod assembly, it seemed like a good match for LCLC’s summer of 2014. It isn’t hard to make a connection to mosquitoes in the great outdoors! At the end of each week, campers were encouraged to give some or all of their remaining canteen money to support malaria prevention. Many campers gave their entire remaining balance instead of pocketing the leftover cash. We can all learn something from their example of generosity.
Photo: Friends walk arm-in-arm at LCLC
LCLC had a goal of raising $1,000 throughout the summer, or the equivalent of 100 bed nets. When all was totaled, the campers had exceeded their goal, and were able to raise enough funds for 118 nets!
“Our campers really seem to ‘get it’ when it comes to sharing out of their abundance with others in need,” said Lee Lindeman, Executive Director of LCLC. Many thanks to the campers and staff of Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center, for sharing that abundance with the ELCA Malaria Campaign!