Thank you to all those who donated items, gave a money donation, lowered prices on activities, gave food, or worked on our fundraisers for Camp DreamMakers. You’ve touched the lives of 61 campers between the ages of 6 to 20 and had them experience activities where they could be themselves. Thank you to the Aberdeen Catholic Schools to allow us to have camp in the elementary gym, the Northeastern South Dakota United Way and the Aberdeen Family Y.
Let me share some things I got to see in four weeks of summer camp for children with some type of physical, emotional, neurological, or hearing impairment:
-- A young lady who had a hard time sitting up in her wheelchair sat up straight and proud on the back of a horse at SPURS.
-- A boy who can’t communicate was sitting at Skate Away with a huge grin on his face and swaying with the music.
-- Girls with hearing impairments grinning from ear to ear as they tried to get the head chicken aka the director of camp wet while they shot her with water at bumper boats.
-- Campers sitting at the air conditioned camp at the Roncalli Elementary Gym visiting with each other and laughing over their conversation.
-- Doing things that they had never done before and being proud of their accomplishments.
-- Friendships that will go on over the years and wanting to have camp happen every week of the year.
-- The joy of riding on a boat and enjoying the summer.
-- Catching the biggest fish, anything bigger than the minnow (pronounced minion) that they started with is considered big.
-- Super transportation by Ride Line and the drivers concern for all passengers.
-- To see campers confined to wheelchairs free in the pool to move around easily.
-- The experience the helpers get from working with the campers for later years in the real world.
Thank you for helping to have these things happen.