The Salvation Army’s holiday camps usually keep children occupied during their summer holidays, but this year the coronavirus pandemic put paid to that. Fortunately, the church and charity is never short of ideas and came up with another winner to deal with this rather unique problem. The solution: Activity packs containing a craft activity, a small toy, a snack and drink, and a copy of the Kids Alive! magazine.
The lucky recipients were students at a primary school in Plymouth.
Weeks of fun
Leaders of The Salvation Army in Plymouth, Lieutenants Tom and Rachel Dunham, spent the last six weeks putting together and distributing about 40 activity packs per week.
Commenting on the scheme, Tom Dunham said, “The idea came about from a conversation with the headteacher of our local school, Whitleigh Primary. She was concerned that the children would miss out on not having their usual summer clubs so we decided to put together the activity packs.”
According to Dunham, the children have thoroughly enjoyed the packs, and as a result of the scheme, The Salvation Army has been able to connect with and provide support to more at-risk families in the area.
The scheme has had another important aesthetic benefit, according to Tom Dunham, “We’ve also been impressed by the children’s artwork, which we have put on display in the windows of our hall.”