Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Word of Thanks

Below is a letter I wrote to be incorporated into a quilt that some volunteers made earlier this year to show their love and appreciation for Camp Sunshine.

Camp Sunshine is a retreat in Casco, Maine where families who have critically ill children can go and have fun! The sessions are totally free for families, and is often the only respite any of them get while their children are ill. They also run two bereavement sessions each year for families whose children have lost their battle. Needless to say, everyone who goes to camp falls in love with camp.

Read my letter, and then read on to see how you can help!

I think too often it is the volunteers who get all the thanks around here,when in reality we should be thanking all of you for so many things.

We thank you for greeting us with giant hugs.

We thank you for letting us hear your stories.

We thank you for having the nerve to get on stage to sing and dance and let loose.

We thank you for running back to your rooms 100 times a day for bathing suits, towels and sneakers.

We thank you for unlimited text messaging plans so your children can be in contact with us year round.

We thank you for not getting upset when we let the kids “talk smack” on the volleyball court, when we feed them too many marshmallows, or keep them up all night during the camp out.

We thank you for giving us a run for our money in the prank call department.

We thank you for laughter, and we thank you for tears.

We thank you for giving us something to look forward to several times a year.

We thank you for sharing all of your children with us, the ones we have met, and the ones we only know in spirit.

We thank you for letting us hold your babies, and for letting us watch them grow up into wonderful young people.

Most importantly, we thank you for opening up your hearts, and your lives, and allowing us all to become family.

Camp Sunshine is truly an amazing place, but in order to keep offering award winning experiences year round we need YOUR help. My good friend Joey Cerato started a fundraiser 5 years ago (when we has just a tiny little boy). His idea was to get a few friends together, collect pledges and jump into the ocean on New Years Day. Sounds ridiculous, but his plunge alone has raised over $87,000 for Camp Sunshine, and it has inspired other people to do the same all over the country.

So what can you do? I'm not asking you to's seriously not fun at all. It's freezing and wet, and cold, and windy, and sandy, and just really gross in general. I do that part, because I know how important Camp Sunshine really is. All I need from you is a little money. I have set a goal of $500 this year, and think, with your help I can really do it. All you have to do is follow this link, type in your info and away you go. No donation is too small, or too big. Let me know if you have any questions! And THANK YOU all in advance!!
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Ashley Y. said...

Love love LOVE your letter for the quilt!! Smiled the whole time I was reading it!

Erica Tobey said...

Gee thanks. I wrote it for bereavement but realize when I posted it that it really works in general for any session.

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