Sleeping bags and jackets for 100 boys, ages 11 to 13, are being sought by the state parole office in Pomona, which is helping sponsor a summer camp for at-risk children.
The boys--Pomona-area residents who are at risk of gang involvement or the offspring of parolees--will spend Wednesday through Saturday at Holcomb Valley in Big Bear.
"A lot of these boys have never been to the mountains or out of the city at all," said Pomona parole office spokesman Craig Perry. "It lets them see there's something else that goes on besides street gangs."
The camp is sponsored in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America. Contributions or cash to purchase the equipment and clothing may be sent to the Parole and Community Services Task Force, Summer Camp Fund, 1295 E. Hope Ave., Pomona, Calif. 91767, or call Perry at (909) 620-4445.
Contributions may also be made June 18 at a fund-raising carwash from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Union 76 gas station at White and Orange Grove avenues in Pomona. Scouts, some boys who are going to camp, parole officers and others will wash cars for donations.