Monday, April 30, 2012

Contest -- Donate to RFK and win $20 gift card!

It's EASY to enter. Contest ends May 5, 2012. Winner will be drawn on May 7, 2012.

How to enter:

DONATE at least $10 to Royal Family Kids. For each $10 you donate, you get 1 entry. To donate, click on the "DONATE" button on the left side of the page. This will take you to my RFK Paypal donation page. If you would like a tax-deduction receipt at the end of the year, please enter your address in the notes. You MUST use this link to donate because the "official" RFK donation page doesn't send me an email that you entered.

LEAVE A COMMENT for an additional entry. You can enter anything in the comment -- a prayer need, encouragement for the RFK team for this year, or your own experiences at summer camp.

TWEET this contest. Leave a comment with the link to your tweet.

FOLLOW me on Twitter. Leave a comment with your Twitter name.

It's really simple. You're helping kids, plus you'll be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card.

To read more about Royal Family Kids, read my post here.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Royal Family Kids!!!!


While walking on the beach one day,
I saw Starfish by the score.
And everywhere i looked it seemed,
I saw a thousand more.
Then what to my surprise appeared?
A boy of nine or ten;
and as the Starfish washed ashore,
he threw them back again.
I smiled at such a futile task to save this population.
“One fish won’t make a difference son. You can’t change this situation.”
He stooped and picked up one more fish, then looking right at me ,
“I can make a difference for this one, sir,” and returned it to the sea.
So I went and gathered all my friends, my brothers and my cousins.
We joined in with that little boy and saved Starfish by the dozens.
There are still many to be rescued-many “Starfish” on life’s shore.
Let’s make a difference like that lad-by saving one more.

It's that time of year again! Time to pull out the sleeping bag and hiking boots! Time to start prepping the scrapbook supplies for the memory books! Time to start thinking about a flag for the cabin!

RFK is a camp to create memories for abused and neglected foster kids. A lot of children in "the system" are passed from home to home, some never getting to experience a "normal" childhood. RFK is designed to give these children, whom God loves so much, a chance to experience what they may otherwise miss coming from broken homes. It's a safe place for them to just be kids. 

The 7th annual Walk-A-Thon will be held on May 5, 2012. We are looking to raise a total of $40,000 for this year's camp, and we're only 50% of the way there! We need your help! Please, prayerfully consider sponsoring my visit to camp. All monies go toward the camp and campers. My time is 100% on a volunteer basis. And all donations are tax deductible. If you would like to sponsor me, please click the Royal Family Kids link to be taken to our official donation page.

The Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball team has also introduced community fundraising nights! We will be part of the kick-off event on May 18. Game time is 7:05pm and tickets are $10. All proceeds go to RFK Temecula (our camp). If you would like to contribute in this way, we would love to see you at the game. Tickets are for box seats right behind home plate. And what is a Friday night baseball game without FIREWORKS??? If you would like to buy tickets, please Email Me or click on the Paypal Donate button (and put "Storm Tickets" in the memo). 

So what is a week at camp like? Here's a brief (I hope) rundown:

After our commissioning at both church services, we head up to camp. We unload our cars and start unpacking until it's time to meet with the director. During the meeting, we get our schedule for the week, with specific times for meals and activities, including the nightly drama and Bible lessons. We then break up into groups and cover the camp in prayer. We pray over EVERYTHING. We don't want the devil messing things up. And trust me, he's tried during the last 3 years. (Prayer is something everyone can do for the camp, even if you can't financially donate!!!) After prayer, we start decorating the camp. We decorate the cabins to the 9s, and anyplace the campers spend time is decorated, including the bathrooms! (This year's theme is The Olympics!) We then eat an outdoor BBQ picnic dinner, then finish decorating. Lights out is early because the week has only begun!

We're up early for breakfast. A lot of us get up early and spend some time with God outside. Nothing like a late spring morning in the great outdoors to feel close to the Creator of everything. We then have another meeting, then work on blowing up balloons and decorating name signs for our campers. This is one way our campers feel welcome as well as it makes it easy for them to find us when they get off the bus.

After the campers arrive, it's unpacking, camp tours, and lunch. Then it's non-stop, go-go-go-go, for the next three days -- with swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, singing, dancing, worshiping and eating. There is SO MUCH FOOD!

On Thursday, after lunch, we throw the BIGGEST "Everybody's Birthday Party." Some foster children don't ever get to celebrate their birthday. Sadly, some don't even know when their birthday is! So we throw a HUGE party with bouncy houses, water balloon fights, games (usually with the counselors getting wet or covered in shaving cream), music and just a whole bunch of FUN. Then, after dinner, we have -- CAKE! (Of course, right? What birthday is complete without cake?) That night is the talent show, and then every child gets showered with birthday presents.

Friday is the saddest day, but it starts like any other day. We wrap up the drama and Bible story (which has continued each night) and have an awards ceremony for the "graduating" 11-year-olds (camp is only for kids ages 7-11). 

Honestly, it's exhausting, but I wouldn't trade this week for anything. I would choose it over a week at Walt Disney World if I had to make the choice. 

I hope you've read this entire post. I had a lot of fun writing it -- looking back on previous years and looking forward to this year. This camp can't survive without it's volunteers -- whether it's the volunteers spending the whole week at camp, or volunteers selflessly donating their money to help us run it. 

Again, please consider donating. Any little bit helps. The more money we raise, the more we supplies we can get to make the camp more fun and exciting for the children.

Thank you.

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