Autism Camp for Eric

I never do this kind of thing here, but a friend asked to pass along the information for his brother in law. And at the end of the day, I only wish I was the kind of person who would do this. Make this kind of difference in a life. It’s heart warming and humbling and I feel like a cut and paste post is the least I can do to help him be that kind of person. We need more people like him in the world.

If you have time, please read the following. Thanks!

I have, since August of 2010, been working with a 16 year old named Eric.  Eric has a higher functioning autism, Tourette syndrome, depression, very low self-esteem, and an array of other mental problems as well.

I have been working with Eric very diligently and have tried very hard over the past few weeks to send him to camp.  The camp that I am trying to send him to is Camp Easter Seals.  The date of the camp is June 26th to July 1st.  For those of you who don’t know, Camp Easter Seals is a camp for children with special needs.

The camp helps them with their social skills and focuses on their needs through different strategies.  There is hiking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, basketball, arts and crafts, and a few other activities that the children will be participating in.  The reason that I am sending out this email is because the camp fee for one person is $750.  There is also a $50 application fee to see if the child qualifies for the camp.  I am going to be accompanying Eric to camp and will be acting as a volunteer while I am there.  The trip down there are back is going to take about 8 hours of driving.  All in all, there is a total of at least $850 that is needed for this camp.

I have been working very hard to raise the money that I need for Eric to go to camp and to cover the other expenses as well.  While I am merely hoping to reach the $750 mark, the other expenses would be amazing to reach as well.  I have received many gracious payments via PayPal and one generous donation of $200. This donation has been taken back unfortunately due to some family complications on the donator’s side.

With this setback, I am very short of goal of the $750 and very short of the $850 mark.  If you or another friend or family member would like to donate, I would greatly appreciate it.  If you are unable to donate, I would really appreciate if you could pass this email along or just spread via word of mouth.  I am very hopeful in reaching the goal and would love to send Eric to camp.

For those of you who are familiar with PayPal, my address is and I know that Eric and his family would be extremely grateful for any donation.  I can also take a check written in my name. Once all of the money is reached, I am going to cash all of the checks and then send the money to Camp Easter Seals directly.  If for some lucky miracle I am above the donation mark of $850, I am going to send any extra money to the camp as a donation to them.  If there are any questions regarding the camp or donations, please feel free to email me or call me at 540-840-8878.  I would be more than happy to answer any questions that I am able to.  The website for the camp, in case you are interested, is

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this email and I hope that we are able to reach the donation goal.  Again, if you cannot donate, please forward this email to anyone that you feel may be willing to donate.

The absolute latest date the money is allowed to be sent to the camp is Friday, June 17th.  If the money is not there by that day, Eric will be ineligible for camp.  Thank you very much.

I hope to hear from some of you soon!  Thank you again.

– Alex Spangler

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