Free Camp For Children Affected by Sandy

ALBANY -

A group is offering free summer camp stays for children from families hit by Superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey, and their list includes several Orthodox Jewish sites who are participating.

Jess Michaels, director of communications for the American Camp Association, confirmed to Hamodia that several “Orthodox sleepaway camps that are offering scholarships to children affected by Hurricane Sandy” are included on their list of more than 90 participating camps and day camps.

“Going to summer camp will give these children the opportunity to have something to look forward to in the immediate future, a positive camp experience,” Michaels said in a release, “while also giving their families the time and energy to focus on rebuilding their lives.”

The association’s “Heal the Children” program was created after the 2001 terrorist attacks to provide summer camp scholarships for affected families.

Families struck by Sandy are eligible if they have a combined household income of $90,000 or less, lost their primary residence for 90 days, or if their income was cut in half. Families should call (212) 391-5208.

Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver promoted the scholarships in a rare shared press conference Tuesday.