Caroline Baumis, Executive Director of Camp TLC and a good friend of mine has put together a special Camp TLC event just for kids in Staten Island. Right now I am helping her spread the word and to help collect donations for this event which is scheduled tentatively for next week. Many kids didn't get a chance to have a Halloween at all, and an easy thing to donate is a little Halloween fun in the form of costumes, candy, candy buckets, and party supplies. A chance to give the kids a little fun break and to give their parents some time to rebuild, this Camp will provide a valuable service to families in Staten Island. Right now I have two drop off sites secured for donations starting today through Friday, November 9th. Please keep in mind this drive is NOT ACCEPTING ANY CLOTHING.
If you would like to send donations, Camp TLC is also accepting party supplies/art supplies for the kids and those can also be sent to Camp TLC, 1 Garrett Place 1i, Bronxville, NY 10708 and online at jdaf.org. More info can also be found here. The local drop off sites as of today are:
I have been truly amazed by the turn out and support for the first supplies drive, let's all pitch in again to give these kids a little fun. Thanks so much Mamatogians! xoxo
Here is the letter from Caroline on the event:
Together, as an organization, have decided that Camp TLC will head to Staten Island, NY at some point this month to offer the displaced families and their children some hope. Right now, we are currently in the research stage of where is the best shelter/location to deliver Camp and which organizations we will work closely with.
As some of you know, one of the Founders, Joey DiPaolo, has spend his entire life in Staten Island and is living with the devastation. To honor him, and to help bring joy to the children living in one of the most devastated areas hit by Hurricane Sandy, we decided last night that this was something we needed to do. We have another storm coming this week, so we are aiming to start programs next week, pending this next storm doesn't cause further damage. We will be working with the organization to determine what type of program model works best for them whether it is a full day camp, an afternoon session, or weekend retreat. Our goal is to bring some joy to the children (including a Halloween party since they didn't have one) while giving the parents respite to rebuild their lives.
"We have always wanted to go in the direction of providing Camp to children who have been exposed to a disaster but we hadn't planned that we would be doing it so soon. Being that our resources are here, as are the ones that started the foundation, it only made sense", said Caroline Baumis.
We already have volunteers, entertainers, and program staff lined up to join us as soon as dates and times are secured. Once we have more details, we will keep everyone up to date with what is needed.
If you wish to make a donation to support our efforts, please visit www.jdaf.org.
Thank you everyone, we are wishing all the families love and support through this tough time.
Happy Camping, Caroline