OREMC Donates to Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind
Helping to further the “vision for a brighter tomorrow” for the visually impaired, Okefenoke REMC donated $3,000 to the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind in Waycross, at their annual car show fundraiser on Feb. 20.
“We are very appreciative and thankful for OREMC’s donation,” says Mike Williams, camp director. “All of the money goes to the campers and because of donations like this, how we survive. The funds offset the cost of food, supplies and transportation.” Williams explains they will be resuming camps this summer after having to cancel them in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind was founded in 1972 and has been offering annual summer camps for the visually impaired since 1976. Accredited by the American Camp Association, the camp annually hosts 150 campers from across the state ranging in age from six to 65. Each of the week-long residential camp sessions are for specific age groups: Preteen age 6-12; Senior Adult 40+; Young Adults age 18-23 and Teens age 13-17. All camps are held on a 62-acre compound offering swimming, horseback riding, a 35-foot climbing wall, canoeing, running, fishing, archery, adaptive sports, arts and crafts, talent shows and campfires.
“We are proud to serve Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind and applaud their good work that benefits, and is available to, all Georgians who are visually impaired,” says OREMC Member Service Representative Royce Proctor. “Donations like this are at the heart of who we are as a cooperative and made possible to qualifying organizations like the Lions Camp using funds from unclaimed capital credits.” Proctor also notes that OREMC is a collection point for the Lions International eye glass recycling program at each of its offices—Nahunta, Kingsland and Hilliard, Florida.
For more information about the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind visit www.glcb.org.