GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – For four of the last five years, the DH Conley JROTC has raised the most money in the country for Camp Corral. The camp gives kids of wounded, disabled or fallen soldiers a chance to just be kids for a week.
The money raised by groups like Conley’s JROTC help to offset, or cover completely, the $550 cost of the camp.
This past year, they raised $53,844 for Camp Corral, the most in their history.
“That’s just an insane amount of money to me,” said Catherine Maryott, who helped to raise the money.
Maryott said members of the group spent a few hours on the weekends raising money at various businesses in the community, including the Golden Corral. In just a matter of a few months, the community had generously given to a good cause.
“It means a lot that the people in this community feel as though they want to help,” she said.
William Mckeel, the executive officer of the Conley JROTC, said he and other leaders wanted to set a good example.
“As executive officer in the battalion, if I don’t do it, how can I expect the other cadets to do it,’ Mckeel said.
But it isn’t just Camp Corral they raise money for. Throughout the year they are helping other charities, like the Salvation Army, meet their goals to aid those in need.
For many of the JROTC members, they will graduate high school and enlist in the military themselves. However, for now, they’re just happy to set a good example that others can follow.
“It brings you together as a community, which is really important because if you start out a younger age, you’ll continue it as you grow older,” Maryott said.