Vandals Destroy Boats of Nonprofit Summer Camp

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  • Vandals on Sunday scratched, deflated and gashed several boats used by nonprofit Shake-A-Leg in Miami

  • Shake-A-Leg is a nonprofit that exposes campers who are either low-income or have disabilities to a marine environment

A Miami nonprofit is asking for support after vandals caused thousands of dollars in damage to the boats it uses to serve children and adults with disabilities.

On Sunday, several boats of Shake-A-Leg were gashed, scratched and deflated, including inflatable safety boats and volunteer John¬†Beauregard’s wooden power boat, the nonprofit said in a crowdfunding page. The organization estimates the vandals caused around $15,000 in damages.

Shake-A-Leg works with people of all ages with physical, developmental and economic challenges in a marine setting, teaching them environmental lessons, therapeutic sailing and other marine sports. 

There are around 400 kids at the camp this summer, and around two-thirds have developmental and physical disabilities and around one-third of the campers are attending on a scholarship.

Campers are still able to go out into the water this summer, but they have to use bigger boats that use a lot of gas, volunteers say.

Shake-A-Leg is asking for donations to repair the boats, as well as the security system that was destroyed last year during Hurricane Irma.

To help the nonprofit, click here to donate.


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