The Ocean County Federation of Republican Women (OCFRW), partnered up this summer with the Salvation Army of Ocean County Citadel to host a contest for the Salvation Army’s summer camp kids. This was the first time the OCFRW has partnered with any group to host such a contest, with approximately 35 campers entering the contest themed “What America Means to Me”.
“When the Ocean County Federation of Republican Women proposed to us their idea for hosting a contest for our summer camp kids, we immediately thought it would be a fantastic opportunity for our campers to combine their artistic abilities, their sense of patriotism, competitive spirit and sense of fun into this worthwhile project open to all ages.” Said Major Steve Ditmer, Commanding Officer, The Salvation Army of Ocean County.
Contest participants were separated into two groups according to age, wherein the younger participants drew theme-related posters and the older participants submitted a hand-written them related essay.
While each age group received prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, all contest participants received a small gift from the OCFRW for their hard work and active interest in the project. “We were delighted that the Salvation Army gave our organization the opportunity to spend time with these terrific kids who went above and beyond in beautifully expressing their patriotic sentiments about America. We sincerely hope we will have the opportunity to work with the Salvation Army again next summer.” Said Noriko Kowalewski, Chairwoman, OCFRW.