There are many ways to express "goodwill toward men."
For Dorothy Sesnie, the second-grade teacher at Buffalo's Nardin Academy, it involved sending the class gift of $150 to The Buffalo News/Rotary Club Crippled Children's Camp fund:
"The second-graders of Nardin Academy have chosen Cradle Beach Camp as the recipient of our yearly project of love and sharing. The boys and girls raised their gift through their own important sacrifices, which included doing odd jobs at home and giving up desserts and snacks. We chose Cradle Beach because our children wish to share their gifts with other children."
A $10,000 bequest from the estate of Lorraine M. Zobrest, a Buffalo woman who died in May, and a gift from the Raymond J. Reifler Memorial Fund also helped boost the Cradle Beach Camp Fund to $28,698.89.
"My sister, Sharline, and I spent many wonderful years at Cradle Beach," George Karenko said in a message with his donation.
The money raised in this 45th annual drive will help about 800 boys and girls to float next July and August in a sea of love and laughter. As has been the practice for the past 45 years, about half of the campers will have handicaps ranging from inabilities to sit up or walk unaided to not being able to see, hear or talk.
The others invited have different needs. And with the aid of a sensitive corps of counselors, the campers learn about other boys and girls who differ in some way from themselves and also some who share their problems.
By the end of their camp period, most will return home with new friends, increased self-esteem and nearly indelible memories. That's the testimony of those who have shared the Cradle Beach experience in other years. "I had a great time at Cradle Beach Camp. I'm coming back next year," wrote a youngster named Sandra, speaking with an assurance that Cradle Beach attempts to nourish in its campers.
A former Cradle Beach counselor, Carol Anspach, recently had a wider view of the camp:
"I have seen inner-city kids come to camp with literally nothing but the clothes they were wearing and be sent home after two fun-filled weeks with a bag full of clothes, a full belly and plenty of smiles and looking forward to next year's camp season." A list of today's contributors is on Page B15.