Camp: Caring About Military Personnel

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Published on September 07, 2010 with No Comments

Caring for our troops

Charlotte Hess, a resident of Valparaiso and mother of a U.S. Army soldier of nine years who has done several tours of duty, established and operates Caring About Military Personnel (C.A.M.P.). We’ve been a not-for-profit group since the late fall of 2006,” Hess, president, secretary and official book keeper of C.A.M.P. said. “But we’ve technically been around ever since the year 2003. It just took us three years to grow into an organization that was big enough to need classification.”

C.A.M.P. holds monthly meetings to provide support to military families and soldiers. The meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at 305 E. 68th Pl. in Merrillville. After the first few meetings, the regular attendees began putting together care packages for the important military personnel in their life.  The whole group helped out, everyone giving what they could to add to the packages. That was where the seed that eventually blossomed into C.A.M.P. began, and the direction in which the organization has continued to grow ever since. The group now ships monthly packages of “goodies” to soldiers in combat zones.
C.A.M.P. is always looking for donations from interested parties. Things like snack cakes, playing cards, candy bars, Ramen Noodles, beef jerky and other items with a long shelf life are always appreciated. C.A.M.P. also accepts donations of money and volunteer time for those who want to help put together care packages or help deliver them to the post office to be mailed.
All in all, it costs roughly $6,000 a month to run C.A.M.P.,” Hess said. “But that’s a very small price to pay when I get the letters and photographs from the troops, saying ‘thank you’ for supporting them. To let them know there’s people back home who miss them and who care about them.”
There are no requirements or obligations to become a C.A.M.P. member, all that is needed is the urge to show our troops you care. For more information, call Hess at 219-462-9109, or visit

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