Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Holiday Season

The snow has started to fall and the Holiday Season is just around the corner, which means it is time for Camp Good Days’ Annual Joe Benet Memorial Kazoo Fest, which will begin on Friday, November 28th and go through December 23rd. We are so pleased to have the support of JC Penney in Rochester; Best Buy in Syracuse and Corning; and the Walden Galleria Mall in Buffalo.

I hope you will all stop by one of the Camp Good Days’ Kazoo Fest locations while you are out doing your holiday shopping and pick up your kazoo, candy cane pen, holiday ornament and other great gifts and stocking stuffers, and help us continue this holiday tradition. In addition to finding some great gifts, you will also be able to pick up some information about our many programs and services and our volunteer opportunities. Check out for your areas’ Kazoo Fest dates and times.

The Holiday Season is a chance to reflect on the year past and count our many blessings. One can choose to see the glass as half empty or half full, and as difficult as times might be, with challenges both large and small, I am so thankful for the many blessings we have had at Camp Good Days, and the thousands of women and men, young and old, who have helped to make Camp Good Days all that it is today.

One of my favorite sayings is from Satchel Paige, who was a pitcher in the old Negro Leagues, (and I am paraphrasing here), “Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines!”

As we each make our resolutions and plans for the New Year, I hope your plans will include the children and families at Camp Good Days, either through a year-end tax deductible donation, a more significant gift through estate planning, or a donation of time by volunteering.

I am truly excited for the coming year, as we will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary Year for Camp Good Days. Think about that…30 Years of Brining Love to Life for more than 41,000 campers from 22 states and 25 foreign countries!

If you have been a part of our family here at Camp Good Days, THANK YOU, we couldn’t have done it without you! If you want to become a part of our ever-growing family, we welcome you with open arms!

Wishing each and every one of you a joyous Holiday Season and a New Year filled with good health, peace, happiness, and much love!