Today I share my birthday with Sydney, a 15 year old here in Detroit that we spend a lot of time with and really love (you should hear Luke following her around the house saying “Neenee, Neenee!”). I’m not always sure how to best walk alongside Sydney, a freshman at a Detroit public school. A lot of things she faces are ones that I’ve never had to navigate. I want so much for her. And since I don’t always know how to best encourage her, I’m hoping you all will help me today in a few ways.
1) Leave her an awesome birthday message
2) Help scholarship her way back to summer camp
Sydney’s experience at SpringHill Camps continues to make a huge impact in her life. In fact, she wants to tell you about it here:
Many of you donated to send Detroit kids to camp in lieu of a wedding gift to us (or for Christmas last year). We’re so grateful. Sydney’s story has been forever changed because of your generosity. In fact, you all showed up big time and we raised enough to send three kids for two summers (which was such a relief because as soon as we picked them up the first year they were begging to go back the next summer).
SpringHill Camps 2014- Looking a bit nervous
SpringHill Camps 2015- Much more excited because they know what’s coming!
Josh and I have seen so much impact from this second year of camp and we’ve decided that we’d like to continuing sending the same kids year after year. We’ve been dreaming about adding more available spots and how we can best structure our own giving to do this in the future. The reality of this year is that we still need help getting Sydney, her brother and their friend back to camp this summer. Would you consider a small donation as a birthday gift to Sydney?
Just click here to go to the SpringHill Camps donation page (all tax deductible) and please put “Olson’s Detroit Kids” in the comments so it will go directly to fund Sydney and the boys.
Finally and most importantly, I thought it would be cool to show Sydney that she has a crowd of people cheering her on. She really needs it this year. Please leave a birthday comment for her here on facebook and I will print them up and give them to her tomorrow when we have our birthday brunch and manicures. 🙂
So much love and thankfulness for you, my friends.
-April (turning an undisclosed year older but still a camp counselor at heart)