Camp Connections receives donations after firewood theft

Peter Howeling (far left) drops off wood after a cord was stolen last week. (Photo by Nicole Garbutt)
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A hundred foster care children from across the Northwest Territories will have nightly campfires after all.

Someone stole nearly a cord of wood from Camp Connections grounds last week, but up to 15 members of the public have since made donations to the camp.

A cord of wood is about four by four by eight feet in volume.

“It’s been wonderful, said Nicole Garbutt, the camp’s director. “Many people came forward offering support and kind words.

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“A number of people offered donations of wood, or if they weren’t able to provide wood they offered monetary donations to help us replace it.”

The wood pile after last week's theft (Photo by Nicole Garbutt)
The wood pile after last week’s theft (Photo by Nicole Garbutt)

Camp Connections, located on the Ingraham Trail, is a summer camp for children in foster care or receiving support from social services.

Children from across the territory stay for week-long camps of sports, crafts, cultural activities, and elder teachings.

Garbutt says the camp has seen an increase in incidents of vandalism and theft on the grounds, such as kicked-in doors and missing wood stoves this spring.

But after the wood theft story made the rounds on social media and in the news last week, the community immediately stepped up.

“For such an awful thing to happen, the outpouring in the community has been overwhelmingly kind and we’re grateful for the support from everyone,” said Garbutt.

The culprit(s) has not been found.

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