Helping to further the “vision for a brighter tomorrow” for the visually impaired, Okefenoke REMC has donated $2,000 to the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind in Waycross.
“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 provide transportation to and from camp for many of their campers from North Georgia. Macon Academy for the Blind serves as the pick-up and drop-off location.
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 five to 65. Each of the week-long residential camp sessions are for specific age groups: Family camp with children age 5-9; Preteen age 6-12; Senior Adult 50+; Young Adults age 18-34 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.
Office Manager Gail Williams says, “We offer all the activities you would expect to find at summer camp, but the activity campers enjoy the most is sitting, talking and connecting with one another. For one week a year they get to be with peers and participate in everything.” She also noted that several campers have been coming to camp for 25 years.
“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,” OREMC Member Service Representative Dewayne Johns states. 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.” Johns 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.