Amelia Knights of Columbus Present Gift at Camp Allyn

Tom Craver, center left, presents a check to stepping Stones Program Director Sam Allen. Pictured from left: Breanna Allmandinger, Rylee Wahlquist, seated, Blayke Ashcraft, Tom Craver, Sam Allen, Ciarra Robbins, Gabe Ruggles, Oliver Vaughn, Gavin Bonar, Grace Ingle and Tim Barker.

Tom Craver of Clermont County brought an early Christmas gift to Stepping Stones at Camp Allyn this month when he presented a check for $2,045.61 from the Amelia Knights of Columbus Monsignor Gerdes Council #3123.

The check is part of the Knights’ Measure Up Campaign that raises funds to help people with disabilities and challenges in Clermont County.  Craver is chairman of the campaign.

“This year’s donations came primarily from the donations of shoppers at the Amelia Kroger and Wal-Mart and the local Catholic churches in Clermont County,” said Craver.

Craver met with Stepping Stones Program Director Sam Allen and participants in the weekend respite program at Camp Allyn in Batavia.

The respite program provides overnight activities for people with disabilities ranging from age 12 through adults. At respites, participants build confidence, independence and friendships through activities that include cooking, crafts, games, dances and fine and gross motor activities.

“Being the father of two children with developmental disabilities, I know about the cost and the need of respite care,” said Craver.

Stepping Stones provides summer day and overnight camps, weekend respites and year-round adult day programming at Camp Allyn, as well as year-round and seasonal programs at Stepping Stones locations in Indian Hill and Norwood.

The Measure Up campaign is the main charitable event for the Monsignor Gerdes Council.

For more information on the Amelia Knights of Columbus, call (513) 797-8868.