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Red Cross in Oklahoma Awards $395,000 Grant to Camp Noah

The American Red Cross is awarding a grant for $395,000 to fund Camp Noah to enable up to 750 Oklahoma children affected by the 2013 spring storms to attend the nationally acclaimed program. Children attending the summer camps will learn emotional coping and resiliency skills.

The Red Cross grant covers the delivery of 15 camps throughout the summer of 2014 in five of the affected counties: Canadian, Cleveland, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Lincoln counties.

“At the Red Cross one of the mainstays of our mission is to help individuals and communities become more resilient in response to disasters,” said Central and Western Oklahoma regional CEO Janienne Bella. “Our children are our future and while the Red Cross is providing preparedness education in schools, we also want to ensure they have every support mechanism and resource available to move forward to a new normal.”

Operated by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Camp Noah provides a nationally-recognized curriculum teaching important resiliency skills and providing emotional support to children between 1st through 7th grades whose lives have been changed by disaster.

Camp Noah reports that children who have attended previous camps are more confident, less afraid of severe weather, and eager to make disaster preparedness plans with their families.

“We are so excited to be partnering with the Red Cross and communities across central Oklahoma to hose these fifteen Camp Noah events!” said Nancy Beers, Senior Director of Disaster Services at Camp Noah at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. “Since 1997, Camp Noah has worked with disaster-impacted communities in 26 states across the country to build resilience and preparedness skills and help more than 10,000 children face their fears, identify and share their unique gifts and talents, and plan for an amazing future. We know that any child in central Oklahoma will benefit from learning these important resiliency skills.”

The first camp in Oklahoma will be held on June 9th at the Little Axe Community Center outside Norman, Oklahoma. Camps will also be held in El Reno, Moore, Oklahoma City, Pink, Shawnee and Yukon.

A total of 750 Oklahoma children can attend the various five-day camps. For a schedule and to register, go online at http://www.lssmn.org/camp_noah/, click “Come to Camp” and look for Upcoming Camps. Space is limited and parents should register their children early for this opportunity.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. To learn more go online to www.redcross.org/okc .

About Camp Noah:
Camp Noah provides a safe, caring and fun environment where children build resiliency skills within the familiarity of their own communities, using a proven curriculum designed to help children process their disaster and/or trauma experience through creative activities and play.
Camp Noah celebrates every child as special. In this safe and supportive setting, children are encouraged to face their fears, grieve their losses, identify and share their unique gifts and talents, and plan for an amazing future.

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