The Arizona Daily Star Sportsmen's Fund Send a Kid to Camp program kicked off its annual summer-camp drive on Feb. 25 with an envelope in the Star for readers who want to help to send kids from low-income families to camp.

The response has been terrific, and we are still receiving those envelopes. So far, 469 donations totaling $32,882 have been tallied toward our $190,000 goal to send at least 700 local children to overnight camp.

Send a Kid to Camp raises money so children from low-income households can go to YMCA, Boy Scout or Girl Scout camps or to the Camp Courage burn camp.

Three years ago, this mission was expanded to send children whose parents or guardians are in the military to these local camps for free.

Your contribution is tax-deductible, qualifying for the state's working-poor charitable tax credit of up to $400. Every penny raised from now until the summer goes to send kids to camp.

Recent donors

We would like to thank publicly the following for their recent donations.

John and Marcia Galleher, $15.

R.B. Gillilan, $25.

Carolyn Goldberg, $50.

Adeline Gonzales, $25.

Oscar Gonzales, $100.

Emma Goodman, $100.

Maxine Gray, $10.

Kermit Greer, in memory of Kermit W. Greer, $35.

Mr. and Mrs. Victor Grethel, $15.

Donald Grimes, $50.

Margo Haar, $30.

Florence Hage, $25.

Stephen Halper, $100.

James Harnett, $50.

Mike and Bonnie Harris, $100.

Michelle Hartley, in honor of Ralph Hartley Sr., $25.

Frank and Cheryl Hecht, $30.

John Heidel, $25.

A.J. Hill, $25.

Rick and Janelle Hink, $25.

Diane Hoelter, $20.

Jerome Holder, $50.

Joe Huerta, $100.

Matt and Cindy Hunsicker, $50.

Adrian Ingalsbe, $20.

Bernard Irving, $10.

Randee and Myron Jacobs, $25.

James and Mary Jeffries, $25.

Frances and Harry Johnson, $50.

Kenneth and Doris Jones, $25.

Cindy Jorgenson, $50.

John and Sheri Karobonik, $200.

Tom and Irene Keating, $200.

Georgia and Howard Keefer, $25.

David and Barbara Kelly, $200.

Maralyn Keyes, $25.

Jo Anne King, $25.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kinslinger, $30.

William Konkle, $200.

Robert Koster, $5.

Marcia Kovac, $25.

Jean Kratsch, $20.

Mr. and Mrs. William Krauss, $10.

More donations will be reported in the coming week.

HOW TO HELP

• Credit-card donations can be made online at www.azsendakidtocamp.org/donations

• Send checks, payable to Send a Kid to Camp, to: Send a Kid to Camp, P.O. Box 16141, Tucson, AZ 85732-6141.

• For more information: Reader Advocate Debbie Kornmiller, 434-4080, or advocate@azstarnet.com

Why I give

"I earned this money as a participant in an UA research project. Decided that it would be put to better use helping children."

Carroll Reitz