Kinston leaders welcome teen burn victims heading to camp

Published: Aug. 16, 2019 at 8:28 PM EDT
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Today law enforcement, firefighters and members of the community gathered to welcome a special group of young people to Kinston.

The group gathered to welcome teenagers from around the state who are burn victims taking part in the North Carolina Jaycee's Burn Center After Care Program.

They arrived shortly after noon Friday and they were greeted by people cheering and the flashing lights of police cars and fire trucks.

The young people are traveling to Camp Don Lee, which is a sailing adventure camp in Arapahoe. Organizers said Kinston was a good halfway point on their travel and the Kinston community was glad to show their support.

The teens say that support means a lot to them especially coming from people who don't even know them or their situation.

Hannah Pittman said, "It's awesome for us to be able to come and get this welcome, you know. Sometimes we don't get that. People don't give us the opportunity to speak. Just because, they judge us or put a stereotype on us that we're victims, but we're not. And so to see this whole community is coming together and helping us out, it's really awesome."

Organizers say the camp excursion is a time for teens to relax and take their minds off their treatments, doctor visits, and therapies.

They will be participating at Camp Don Lee through Sunday.