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Mikey is a 7 year old first grader from rural West Virginia. He lives in abject poverty with his family on welfare, with all the familiar associated issues: neglect, drug addiction, and mental illness.
The “system” has failed him on so many levels, ...
Mikey is a 7 year old first grader from rural West Virginia. He lives in abject poverty with his family on welfare, with all the familiar associated issues: neglect, drug addiction, and mental illness.
The “system” has failed him on so many levels, and as a result he faces challenges every day that no child of his age should meet:
- Frequent moves mean no permanent home address to call his own, and no mailbox
- Days without basic human services (electricity, heat, and running water)
- No hot meals, fresh fruits or vegetables
- No toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, or Kleenex
- A stressful “home” environment with constant yelling and cursing
- No routine exercise because there is no yard to play in
- No bedtime stories or other nurturing environment
Mikey craves a sense of equality and safety/security. He also needs to feel that he is someone’s priority in order to boost his self-confidence. As Mikey’s aunt, it is my mission and my prayer to “rescue” him from this vicious cycle of poverty and neglect, if only for a few months each year.
Last year he was able to stay in my care in Delaware and attend Camp for the whole summer. His experiences away from West Virginia were invaluable on so many levels. This summer I have several other camps holding places for him in the hopes that the necessary moneys can be raised.
The camp experience we are looking to provide this year will teach him essential life skills. The conversations and peaceful camp nights will allow him to look inward; and the camp counselors are positive role models who we are sure will help Mikey develop into a responsible young boy. Most importantly we need to surround him with those who will demonstrate patience, understanding and unconditional LOVE.
Mikey’s participation in these camps will be life-changing and his time in a stable loving environment will be priceless. Some say: “It takes a Village to raise a child”. Mikey is the poster child for such a truth.
For any donation that you can afford, please use this website:
https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/1Stcd

Please also forward this web address on to any others you know who may also be interested in giving.
(Our Target Goal is $3,800; and the deadline is June 1st, 2013.)
Alternatively, please mail donations directly to: Donna Long, 729, Bullen Drive, Middletown, DE 19709.
For those who contribute, you will always share a lasting bond with Mikey, and your generosity will never be forgotten.
If you have any questions, or require further information, please call Donna at (410)-908-0541.
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