Community Helps Special Needs Camp Rebuild After Fire

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Camp Albrecht Acres opens for 2015 summer session.

SHERRILL, Iowa — An eastern Iowa camp is open for the summer thanks to help from the community.

KWWL reports just one month ago, flames tore through Camp Albrecht Acres in Sherill. The fire caused hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars in damage.

Since then, leaders say volunteers have been working 12-hour days to get things ready so camp can start on time. Last weekend the first round of campers arrived, right on schedule.

“It’s been fun.  I mean, it was some relief and some exhaustion involved in the whole process, of course.  But it’s fun to see everyone here and business as usual.  I mean, some of them don’t even realize what this place looked like two weeks ago,” says Eric Velstra with Camp Albrecht Acres.

Leaders say the community donated a lot of the items that were lost in the fire.