When I was trying to decide what to do for my Mitzvah project, I thought about how I could help others, by donating to certain organizations. My Mom and I began researching, and that’s when I found Experience Camps. We thought that supporting Experience Camps was a great idea, especially because my Mom could relate to the idea of losing someone close, and I know how fun and what a great experience sleep-away camp is.
Experience Camps, are free, one-week camps for kids who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. It's a place where kids can laugh, cry, play, create, remember the person who died, or forget the grief that weighs them down. It's a place where they can feel "normal", because everyone there -- campers and volunteers -- has been through something similar and understands what it's like to lose someone important to them.
My Mom and Aunt would have benefited from attending an Experience camp. Their youngest sister, my Aunt Lindsey, was tragically hit by a car and killed when she was 16 years old. I never had a chance to meet her. From what I know of Lindsey she was kind and generous, caring, loving, funny, smart, beautiful, athletic, and a future businesswoman with big dreams. When she was a little girl she designed a snowboarding character that she named, “Bubba”. When she got older she made stickers and sold them at her school and at the local snowboarding shops where she taught snowboarding on the weekends. Her dream was to have a snowboarding business called “Bubba Incorporated”.
In honor of my Aunt Lindsey, I would like to raise $8,000 to send at least eight children to camp. I am also selling stickers, pins and hats with my Aunt Lindsey’s “Bubba” design to help raise money for Experience Camps.
Please consider making a gift in honor of a lost loved one. In doing so will help a child find comfort and joy during a very difficult time. Thank you!