Garnet Hill employees arrived with paintbrushes, work gloves, hammers, shovels, and rakes Thursday, May 9, for Garnet Hill’s Fifth Annual Community Service Day to help open Copper Cannon, a local camp that serves underprivileged New Hampshire youth. Since its inception in 1963, the camp has served more than 20,000 children in New Hampshire with a week of free summer camp. This year Copper Cannon will be celebrating its 50th anniversary.
“Copper Cannon offers lifelong memories for the children who attend camp, and their families as well,” said Peter Christnacht, executive director of Copper Cannon “Receiving this kind of support from local companies and organizations such as the New Hampshire Elks Club has provided so many kids with the summer camp experience of a lifetime, regardless of income.”
The Garnet Hill cleanup day and the spirit of giving back set the tone for the season, and the spirit of giving back is contagious. When Snapper Rock, a Garnet Hill Kids supplier, learned about the community service day at Copper Cannon, the company donated more than 450 pieces of new swimwear for the campers and came to take part. “It was an honor to be invited to be part of the Garnet Hill team today, to participate in the Copper Cannon cleanup, and to do this for the children of New Hampshire,” said Julie Rich of Snapper Rock. “Garnet Hill’s philosophy of ‘giving back’ is very aligned with Snapper Rock. It was great to be able to work side by side today instead of across the table from one another.”
Garnet Hill president Russ Gaitskill said Garnet Hill has participated in the Copper Cannon cleanup for the past five years. “We are so proud to have made an impact in children’s camp experience through building new tent platforms, forging new trails, and prepping the camp for opening day,” he said. “Copper Cannon is a Garnet Hill tradition. It is a team-building experience that brings people together for a worthy cause.”
This year, employees were asked what it means to them personally to give back and participate in the Community Service Day at Copper Cannon.
“My favorite part is standing there at the end of the day and seeing what we’ve accomplished together — there is nothing like it,” said Sandy Hamilton.
“It means being a little sore today, but the amazing stories you hear about that camp make it all worth it. I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” Mary Tremblay said.
“It means coming back every year and seeing the difference good teamwork makes,” Kate Cook said.
“To me, it means happy children. And I believe happy children create a happy world,” said Jae Kim.
“It means that my small effort seems to be helping kids who would otherwise have had a very different kind of summer,” Courtney Brady said.
About Garnet Hill
Renowned for superior quality, fine fibers, and original design, Garnet Hill has provided distinctive merchandise and services of the highest caliber for more than 35 years.
The company began as an importer of English flannel sheets and has grown into a distinguished brand and multichannel marketer, offering unique bedding, home furnishings, women’s apparel and children’s clothing online and in its catalogs. Garnet Hill searches the world for unique items and inspiration for its extensive line of exclusive products. For more information, visit garnethill.com. For additional information, please contact 603.823.5545 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About Copper Cannon
Fifty years ago, founder Hamilton Ford envisioned creating a place where children could enjoy the beauty of the White Mountains, regardless of financial status. Copper Cannon Camp’s mission provides camping experiences to children whose financial means do not afford them this opportunity. It is also one of the few nonprofit summer camp programs in the country that underwrite 100 percent of each camper’s tuition. For more information about Copper Cannon Camp, visit coppercannon.org or contact the camp at 603.823.8107.