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Group encourages people to write a letter of support to a child


Published: Sun, March 5, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


CANFIELD -- Camp Fire USA's Absolutely Incredible Kid Day will be March 16.
On that day, Camp Fire wants the nation's adults to write letters of support and encouragement to children in their lives.
The event will mark the 10th year Camp Fire has been involved in the program.
"Obviously by making this challenge, we will be increasing the number of youth who receive letters," said Barbara Smith, CEO of Camp Fire USA Northeast Ohio Council.
"But beyond that challenge are more and more children who feel highly regarded and admired. Through the words of encouragement, we energize the child's drive for success in the future."
Incredible Kid Day is a national letter-writing campaign to honor children and has been deemed an overwhelming success by child-care experts, educators, celebrities, leaders, parents and kids everywhere.
Smith said research shows that simple words of encouragement and compassion can make a difference in a child's life.
"We would like for every kid in northeast Ohio to receive a letter," Smith said. "It can be left on a pillow, mailed, stuck in a lunch box, e-mailed, or read over the phone. It doesn't have to be long. We just want parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, mentors, and all adults to participate. It is a simple act that sticks with a child for a long time."
For more information about the program contact: Camp Fire at (330) 533-4121, Medina area at (330) 722-2954, or Ohio toll-free at (888) 533-4426.
The northeast Ohio Council serves the counties of Mahoning, Trumbull, Ashland, Ashtabula, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Holmes, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Richland, Summit, Wayne and parts of Stark. The Camp Fire office here is at 3712 Leffingwell Road.


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