FRANKLINTON — AMVETS Post 201 of Franklin County donated $3,000 for Camp Corral, a camp created by Golden Corral for children of veterans that have been injured or fallen in the line of duty.
Camp Corral and Golden Corral are dedicated to helping support America’s veterans and families. Long periods of separation caused by deployment can be stressful enough.
However, when a child is faced with the loss of a parent or witnessing the horrors of their parent returning disabled, it can be devastating.
Golden Corral, with its corporate office located in Raleigh, employs 45,000 people with 485 locations in 41 states.
Serving as a model to other corporations, Golden Coral began serving a free meal on Veteran’s Day annually. Since then Golden Coral has expanded this military appreciation by creating Camp Corral, which enables military children ages eight to 15 the experience of a week at summer camp.
Post Commander Norm Bell heard of the program while dining at the restaurant in Wake Forest.
Bell brought this to the attention of the post at their next meeting in an effort to raise $500 to send one child to camp.
Due to the success of the donations, AMVETS has decided to offer a charity poker run as a designated fundraiser to help support the camp.
The second annual Poker Run is scheduled for Sept. 14.
Participants can ride motorcycles or golf carts to travel the 13 miles of roads around the lake, stopping at five sites along the way to pick up cards for their poker hand.
This charity coincides with AMVETS philosophy of serving military veterans and helping their families.
AMVETS Post 201 is open to all who served in the military of the U.S., since World War II. The group meets monthly at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday at 101 Cheyenne Ave. Louisburg, N.C.
To learn more about Camp Corral see www.campcorral.org.