Reaghan Chase is a small girl with a big taste for community service.
With a little help from her family and friends, she is holding a soup dinner on Friday, April 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Grand Valley Volunteer Fire Department.
The event will benefit Camp Halo, a Christian outreach summer camp for kids that come from as far away as Pittsburgh and Erie during a four week period in June and July. Each child stays for one week.
A seventh grade student at Youngsville Elementary - Middle School, Chase's goal is to raise at least $1,000 for the camp to help offset the $15,000 spent each summer for the care and feeding of the campers, as well as rent, utilities, and necessities. Camp Halo is held at Doorkeepers in Spring Creek, which is also a Christian outreach camp.
Chase noted "The camp is free for the children, so I made a goal (for) myself to raise money for this great cause. Our mission... is to present the gospel of Jesus Christ and the teaching of God's Word to the children within a camp setting. Through the week we seek to strengthen their values through teamwork, kindness and responsibility. We also try to keep the kids busy with indoor and outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking crafts, kick ball, chapel, and others." She attended camp for only two weeks when she was asked to become a counselor, the youngest on staff.
Her mother Megan Wright said "She is getting all the soup and dessert donations, as well as items for a Chinese auction all on her own." When asked about accomplishing the dinner by herself, Chase said "I have some other people from the camp, counselors, and my mom drives me around. Family and friends will be coming, too." She began her fund drive with $20 of her own, bought and sold candy bars, and has raised $200 to date.
So far, she has nine different homemade soups and chilis lined up, and a variety of desserts. She is still looking for donations for the Chinese auction.
The camp was originally held in camp director Barbie Pfeil's backyard in 1989, and has grown to approximately 200 campers today.