WNY helps fund homeless kids summer camp

BUFFALO, NY - Less than 24-hours after The Buffalo City Mission asked the community to help send homeless kids living at the Cornerstone Manor shelter for women to summer camp, good news was announced.

The camp was short $5,000. On Thursday, officials learned that had been selected to receive a $2,500 grant from the Gannett Foundation. Gannett owns WGRZ-TV.

"This is an awesome blessing and we are so thankful," says Kyle Peterson, director of development for the Buffalo City Mission.

On average, the Mission has up to 25 kids attend the summer camp. This year, about 35 kids are scheduled to participate.

Buffalo City Mission has been running the 6 to 8 week camp for about a decade. . It's an opportunity for children who are homeless to experience what being a kid is all about.

The good news continued to roll in on Thursday. West Herr Automotive donated $5,000. Matt Lasher, director of marketing for West Herr, got the call to make it happen from his president who saw the story of need on Channel 2.

Many women who come to the shelter with their children have experienced a domestic violence situation.

Senior Director Aubrey Calhoun said, "We want to be able to enrich these young lives and we want to break the poverty cycle at a young age.Through our summer camp and after school program, we're seeing those successes."

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