The Primary Elementary School is encouraging members of our community to give back.
Operation Sunshine, a local nonprofit, recently kicked off its 2019 Holiday Campaign, with a goal of raising $65,000 to help support families in need during the holiday season.
Operation Sunshine was founded in 1968 when Victor Ehre, then-president of the Utica Mutual Insurance Company, suggested there should be a community effort to send children in need to summer camp. Today, the Observer-Dispatch sponsors the effort.
Operation Sunshine’s campership program works with partnering agencies that reach out to children in Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties. Children apply to specific agencies for assistance to attend a summer camp. Families then pay only a portion of the regular camp fees based on their income. Operation Sunshine picks up the rest. The holiday campaign works with some of the same partner agencies. Money raised is used to purchase food, clothing and toys for families in need whose eligibility again is determined by a careful screening process. One-hundred percent of every dollar contributed goes directly to the cause.
To donate to Operation Sunshine’s 2019 Holiday Campaign, click here.