Worcester – This summer, teams of Worcester JCC Summer Day Camp participants held a spirited “Penny Wars” contest – and their pennies, nickels and dimes really added up. The $750 raised – the equivalent of 75,000 pennies – was used to donate backpacks and school supplies to Friendly House to help kids in need from the Worcester area, and to send a care package of over 100 pounds of snacks and treats for U.S. troops stationed in Africa.
One of those troops was JCC Assistant Aquatics Director Ben Tucker, an Army Specialist with the 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion, currently stationed in the Horn of Africa, where he and his unit were deployed in June. Using part of the funds raised, campers sent Tucker five care packages stuffed with donated treats for his unit to enjoy.
“We are all so very thankful for what you have done,” said Ben in a note back to the JCC. “We are also very thankful for all the letters the kiddos and counselors wrote. There is enough stuff to last us a few months! Without saying too much, a lot of us are being pushed all over Africa for missions, and these little things mean so much because now soldiers in our battalion can put together little packages to take with them.”
The campers then used the remaining funds to buy backpacks and school supplies at local stores, and deliver them to Friendly House, a Worcester non-profit servicing kids in need.
CAP: Ben Tucker’s Army unit opens care packages sent to them overseas by JCC Summer Day Campers. Ben is second from the right.