Year after year, the messages to the Cradle Beach camp fund drive are the same.
"My son, David, always looked forward to going to Cradle Beach," wrote Patricia Reichert of Williamsville. "It was the highlight of his summer."
Mary Giovenco, who sent a check from theSweet Home Association of Retired Employees, included this note:
"As a youngster, I was an 'underprivileged child.' So I got to go to Cradle Beach Camp. To this day, it is one of my warmest memories."
These gifts and others sent earlier this year brought the current collection campaign for the Buffalo News/Rotary Club Crippled Children's Camp Fund to $7,355.07.
The Buffalo News is inviting others to contribute by sending checks to The Buffalo News Camp Fund, Box 100, Buffalo, 14240.
The money helps operate the Cradle Beach Camp, a 40-plus acre facility off Old Lake Shore Road near Angola. Each July and August, 800 boys and girls are invited to attend one of its four 12-day sessions. All have disabling conditions. Some are quite apparent, such as the inability to walk, talk, see or hear, while others are less visible, but no less real.
The Cradle Beach campers get to live and play with youngsters with similar or different problems and different backgrounds. The Cradle Beach spirit, spawned in prayer, song, games, and good attention, nourishes an understanding that people who are "different" share common joys and sorrows.
Many people contribute to the Buffalo News Camp Fund year after year. Norm and Diane Skulski, Clinton Street inn operators, sent a check drawn from the proceeds of one of their frequent billiards tournaments. A note from Ruth Herrnreiter of Lancaster said that the Bowmansville Ladies Auxiliary plans to help Cradle Beach Camp every year.
Jenny Lind Court 163, Order of the Amaranth, sent a gift to "help put a little sunshine into the lives of handicapped children."
A complete list of gifts acknowledged today appears on Page D2.