Below is a list of 12 things that you might have around the house or that you could easily pick up while running errands. Please ensure you include your contact information so that we can thank you and/or provide a tax receipt for some items.
THINGS AROUND THE HOUSE
1. Tent Poles Priority – Important
Are you throwing out an old tent? We’d love to have the poles – we are always repairing and replacing tent poles.
2. CFL (spiral) light bulbs Priority – Important
Camp is a pretty bright at night, much to the relief of little campers who need to use the bathroom at night.
3. Couch for Smyth Priority – Nice to have
Our hard-working counsellors would LOVE a “new” couch from a non-smoking, pet-free house. Yes, the brown couch has survived some epic pile-ons but it might be nice to update the décor to the 90s. Delivery to camp can be negotiated if you don’t have a truck.
4. Patio furniture for the porch on Smyth Priority – Nice to have
Some slightly used furniture (chairs, love seats, small tables) that has outdoor upholstery would be greatly appreciated by our volunteer leaders, directors and staff. Patio tables and umbrellas are not needed. We could also use some stackable outdoor chairs and Adirondack chair kits.
5. Kayaks, canoes or a paddle board Priority – Nice to have
Although we have lots of canoes, we can always use more water toys. This donation needs to be reasonably new (minimum 5 years) and in excellent condition to ensure water safety for our campers and staff.
6. Riding lawnmower Priority – Nice to have
Our push mower is working just fine but our caretaker would feel really special if he could take a little break from his busy day and hop on a riding lawnmower. It should be 1-3 years old and freshly tuned.
7. Musical instruments Priority – Important
A music stand and/or mic stand would push our talent night into the professional league. We already have a keyboard but percussion instruments such as tambourines, shakers or high-quality djembes would be really fun.
8. Printer paper Priority – Important
Email messages from home are the big highlight for our campers and we go through a lot of paper in the summer. Letter-sized paper in the original packaging (versus recycled) would be greatly appreciated.
If you would like to donate any of the above items, please contact Ron or Joanne Hartnett at Hartnett@sympatico.ca in advance. We would love your donation but we need to ensure we don’t get six couches…
THINGS THAT CAN BE BOUGHT WITH GIFT CARDS
Gift cards can be purchased anytime and mailed to the following address:
Camp Lau-Ren, PO Box 1670, Deep River, ON, K0J 1P0
9. $20-$50 gift cards from Michael’s or Walmart Priority – Important
We always stock the Craft Hall with glue sticks, paint, twine/tread, paint, brushes, paper and much more.
10. $50-$200 gift cards from Canadian Tire Priority – Very Important
Paddles and life jackets wear out quickly and are constantly being purchased. Gift cards are the best option because the staff can purchase the supplies according to size. These gift cards can also be used to purchase replacement walkie-talkies, sports equipment, tents, kitchen gadgets and maintenance supplies such as lawnmower fuel, extension cords and lumber.
11. $50-200 gift cards from Loblaws and Giant Tiger Priority – Very Important
Camp Lau-Ren is known for its exceptional food and we feed a lot of people in the summer! But food is also served at our Open House on Saturday, June 11, 2016 and when we train our new leaders and counsellors on May 28 & 29, 2016.
12. $250+ gift certificate from Pembroke landscaper Priority – Very Important
Anyone who owns a house or property knows the value of a load of gravel. This may seem like a very unglamorous contribution but anyone who has seen the pathway to the beach after a heavy rain will understand its importance. Gravel, sand, topsoil and mulch are used on the playing field, around the cabins and along the road. If you are interested in this type of donation, please contact Ron Hartnett at firstname.lastname@example.org so he can recommend a specific supplier.
13. ONE LAST THING… Priority – Very Important
Camp Lau-Ren always accepts good old cash.