Church offers free summer camp for children of single mothers - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Church offers free summer camp for children of single mothers

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

With just a few more weeks of summer, New Life Holiness Church off Winchester Road is providing support for single moms who still need help with summer camp.

Camps across the city keep kids active and engaged but not all parents can afford it.

Following tragic news earlier this month about a mother killing her four children, New Life Holiness Church First Lady Tina Smith said the church wanted to respond. 

"We were so heartbroken by the mother that took the lives of her four children," Smith said. "One thing that they talked about was how this mother was so overwhelmed and so stressed."

The church opened 50 free spots for their summer camps for kids in single parent homes.

Sharonda Sam walked in Monday to enroll her grandchildren.

"I got up and called and they welcomed me right on in. It wasn't a problem. It's really helping the kids," Sam said.

"We teach building character exercises; we bring in speakers; we go on field trips," Smith added.

The children also start each morning, hand-in-hand for a city-wide prayer.

"It's really encouraging them with the prayer for the community, inspiring them to grow," Sam said.

Smith said the church has approximately 30 remaining openings for families, and with more community funding they hope to continue the program next year.

"That's what we wanted to do, that's our little part that we could do for the community is to give back," Smith said. 

The camp is open to children ages 4-16. 

The hours are from 6am-6pm Monday through Friday and ends August 5th. 

For more information call 901-362-6022 or 901-440-8142. 

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