As you all know from previous posts, my daughter has a lifelong medical disorder in which she needs chronic blood transfusions every 3 weeks. I don't think we've ever dwelled on this major life factor because my daughter and our family have been blessed with a network of support from the very moment I found out about her condition during my pregnancy. This year, we will be celebrating another milestone for my little girl, as she will be going to her very first sleep away camp! The camp is a 5 day, fun filled adventure in Southern California at The Painted Turtle. The Non-Profit organization caters to children with serious medical conditions year round. The camp is FREE OF CHARGE & is dedicated to providing that amazing camp experience that these children might not get the opportunity to attend otherwise. As any parent could tell you, sending your child away to camp for the first time is an anxious feeling; but a parent of a child with special circumstances could almost guarantee that their child wouldn't experience it. The Painted Turtle has been around for years & has really taken everything into account to accommodate each session of children. Additionally, there is a 2:1 camper to counselor ratio & you actually have to apply to get into this camp. So we get to take a road trip from the San Francisco Bay Area down to SoCal in a few weeks for her to attend.
So what is this charity business that made me title the blog... I always sign up for updates from any organization that we are associated with or have been a part of for Mailyna's beta thal, so I got an update for a San Francisco event that The Painted Turtle is holding. Next Tuesday, July 26th, there is going to be a Charity Event at Jones SF. Here is the info:
Tuesday, July 26 · 6:30pm - 9:30pm
620 Jones Street
Join us on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 for an evening to benefit the Painted Turtle Camp (www.thepaintedturtle.org), a camp for kids with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Jones will donate 10% from all food and drink purchases to camp - a great way to enjoy a summer evening with friends for a terrific cause!
Please spread the word and invite your friends! The more we eat and drink, the more kids we can send to camp! REMEMBER: Camp is free for all campers - the Painted Turtle has no billing department.
Now I know it's a Tuesday, but everyone has to eat dinner... and who doesn't love a little evening night-cap?! So why not do both & help out a great cause! The venue is in the heart of downtown SF & from the photos on the website, Jones looks phenomenal! And I really try not to sob-story anyone, but until you or someone you love is in the thick of it, its easy to forget that there are people and helpless children out there that really could use your help. And to be completely honest, it really does make my heart feel full knowing that I've contributed, no matter how small, to helping a child feel loved, supported & special.
Til next time my lovelies,