Hometown Hero: Yolanda Negron

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - For more than 20 years Yolanda Negron has been an active member of this community helping children in need get a once in a lifetime experience for free, which the reason she is this week's WTOC Hometown Hero.

Camp Lighthouse is a free, week long camp where more than 80 inner city kids can go to learn and have fun.

"Love is the best weapon for peace on earth without it we will never receive peace," said Negron.

This camp is just one of the things Yolanda Negron helped start with her non-profit organization the Martin de Porres Society.

An organization dedicated to helping children who are less fortunate.

"The idea of bringing children from everywhere all ranges from very poor, to very rich, all colors we thought that was the best way to show that the glue that keeps us all together is love," said Negron.

By showing children that love and respect Negron has helped make this camp a success. Gail Brown says she is a great person.

"Yolanda has a very compassionate heart and very caring about children and because of that the society has moved forward and she works faithfully during the holidays to provide food for families," Brown told WTOC.

But there's one dark cloud hanging over the camp. Negron is running out of money.

"Many of these children will remember his forever forever and I don't have the funds or capacity to continue this work for next year," said Negron.

Negron hopes she will be able to get enough support to continue her mission to help the children.

"Everytime we give something to our children means a good memory and we are adding feathers and wings so they can fly," said Negron.

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