I want to express my sincere gratitude to the JCC family for providing my twins Gabriella and Gianni with an unbelievable summer at Camp Ruach this year. This was their first time going to day camp and they really enjoyed their summer.
My oldest daughter Elena has Down Syndrome. She has had wonderful opportunities to attend sleep away camp because of the amazing generosity and kindness of others. She’s been to Elks Camp Moore, Camp Fatima and Camp PALS. Although I was extremely nervous to send her at first, when she returned I saw how much she loved camp and how important the camp experience is for her. Again these opportunities would not be possible without the generosity of those who believe in what their camps have to offer children. She did beautifully from her first time away and never looked back at drop off. She comes back from her week away a little more independent and having made beautiful new memories and new friends.
That being said, I have learned the importance of the camp experience in a child’s life. When the opportunity arose for the twins to attend JCC Camp Ruach, they were a little nervous but they said their older sister is very brave to go to sleep away camp so they could try day camp. They had lots of fun every day and especially loved many of the weekly trips. They got to experience a jammed packed fun summer with many learning experiences and adventures.
It was evident to me from camp orientation and beyond, that the people who are behind the scenes and involved in the day to day operation of making Camp Ruach so great is because they love what they do and want to make every single day of camp special for each child. It was a pleasure dealing with the entire staff and I truly appreciate the excellent communication that was provided. I knew my children were in good hands every day from the time they were picked up until the time they were dropped off.
Gabi and Gianni could not have gone to camp or had such a great experience had it not been for the generosity of the sponsors who believe in the JCC vision and the values the JCC shares with their families and the community. I would also like to thank Eli, Stacey, Lauren, Sandi, Carol, Michelle, Caryn and Ken the twins’ bus driver. They made my children and me feel so welcome from day one as a part of the JCC family.
I know there are many that make JCC Camp Ruach happen, so thanks again to all who made this experience for the twins possible. It is not something we take for granted and so appreciate the opportunity and generosity that has been shown to our family. Have a wonderful rest of the summer!
Donna, Gianni & Gabriella Mazzeo