North Star Reach provides vital assistance to children with serious illnesses and their families. In these unprecedented times, our camper families are facing significant challenges. They are lacking community, access to medical supplies, and are struggling to cope. These threats to their children's health--and their own and their family's wellbeing--will continue even after states lift shelter-in-place orders. Along with providing innovative online camp programming, North Star Reach is working to fill in the gaps for these vulnerable families and we urgently need your support today.
This camp provides a home away from home for our campers and their families. I was recently attending an online family camp weekend and when we were all saying our goodbyes, a mother thanked us for continuously being their family's "safe haven". If you have had the chance to volunteer with us, you have most likely heard someone say that camp is simply just a place with empty buildings without all of us. We make camp what it is, we make the camp magic! Although it was very hard to accept the decision of cancelling all of our summer camps, we hope for everyone to stay home and stay safe so that we can see all of those smiling faces next summer! Until then, hopefully we will be able to stay in touch with everything that North Star Reach's programming team has planned for this year.
Personally, NSR has also been my safe haven. I have never felt so welcomed, loved, and encouraged to be myself in any other place. The people that you meet here are strangers that become friends that then become campily that you cry saying goodbye to. I have made some of my absolute best friends through this, and have seen the same happen with my campers. Watching them develop (and hearing so many more stories about this) over these last two years that I have volunteered here is truly (camp) magical. I hope that the mooseness feels just as strong through the virtual camps and I cannot wait to see everyone in 2021!
Any donation helps as we provide camp to these children at absolutely zero cost to their family. We thank you for everything and would appreciate you spreading the word!