HERMON – Since 1974, snowmobile clubs have gotten together to help people with disabilities get to camp. You might have seen them riding on snowmobiles with eggs spilling everywhere from their suits. On Saturday, they are looking to continue that tradition with the help of some kids in Hermon.
Some kids do not have the opportunity to go to camp and to help them have that opportunity, some kids in Hermon are teaming up to raise money. Making something as little such as a penny, count. Whether they are in preschool or in middle school, kids are learning at a young age the importance of helping their neighbor.
“We know it’s for a good cause,” said Luke Sherman, a 7th grade student at Hermon Middle School, “We know we are going to do things with the snowmobilers and that it’s for those with special needs.”
The Q106.5 Snowmobile Ride-In benefits the Pine Tree Camp.
“Our classes both mornings and afternoon collected pennies to help fill buckets and help kids with disabilities go to summer camp,” said Cathy Thompson, a preschool teacher.
Every $50 is another egg placed in a suit of a rider.
“They were very excited to think they are adding eggs to someone’s snowmobile suit,” said Thompson, “They are sure it’s going to come out the bottom.”
This messy tradition raises thousands of dollars every year. Which for many, means the world.
“This is like the only handicap camp around Maine,” said Nicholas Alexander, who said in a 2014 interview.
“It helps them look outside of themselves and to think about other people,” said Thompson, “We talk about how kindness counts and this is another way to show they are kind and caring.”
The ride starts at 9 a.m., in Levant at the Hungry Hollow 76ers Snowmobile Club