Local nonprofit Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center recently hosted 60 guests at its Annual Camp Ability of Special Kids Luncheon on Wednesday, July 20, at North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro with a delicious meal provided by Jim N Nicks Community Bar-B-Q.
Guests were greeted at the door by campers and enjoyed a short movie about Camp Ability. The luncheon began with a musical presentation by campers ranging in ages from 6 to 25 years old followed by a prayer by one of the camp children. Lunch provided by Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q was served to all the guests and over 100 campers and counselors.
"It's always so exciting to see the connection between the kids and our community leaders at the event every year," said Stephanie Folkmann, director of development at Special Kids. "We are very thankful for all of the investors who took the time to eat with the kids and help us make the program possible."
The lunch concluded with a special presentation to the job skills partners who have given so much of their time and resources to help many campers have real on the job experience. The job skills partners include Jim Nicks Community Bar-B-Q, Amelia's Closet, Greenhouse Ministries and Publix. The following foundations help support the Camp Ability ongoing activities; the Baptist Healing Trust, Middle Tennessee Electric Share the Change, Richard Siegel Foundation, United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, and the Kharis Foundation.
"Camp is a ministry to these families that have so many other concerns to worry about," said Brandon Deal, director of Camp Ability of Special Kids. "Our grant providers are vital in helping us to provide a fun and interactive place for the kids that is also low cost to the families."
Camp Ability of Special Kids is a Christian, summer day camp for children and youth with special needs ages 6-25. The seven-week day camp is held during the months of June and July each year with the focus on Jesus Christ and serving each camper. Camp is designed to allow children with special needs to participate in an interactive, social, and fun environment. Camp Ability's caring counselor staff emphasize children's abilities rather than disabilities and find ways for all campers to participate in activities.
Special Kids is a Christian therapy and nursing center for children with special needs. The Murfreesboro-based ministry started with one child in 1998 and has grown to serve over 3,100 children from 18 counties in middle Tennessee. For more information on Special Kids, please visit specialkidstn.com or call 615.893.4892.