Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp


For six summers I was a full-summer staff member at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. I stayed on and volunteered for weeks here and there over the next four summers. They were among some of the best summers of my life. I hadn't been back in four years, but this summer I changed that. I can't volunteer for a whole week now, but there are other ways that I can give of my time.

Random House Children's Books very generously donated 130 books to the camp. Each kid arrived to camp with a copy of Lunch Lady on their bunks. I returned to my old second home last week and signed copies for each kid and taught a cartooning lesson in Arts and Crafts. It was amazing. Many of the staff members were former campers of mine.

A big thank you to Random House Children's Books for helping make this day happen!

To learn more about the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, where kids dealing with life-threatening illnesses attend camp free of charge, please visit their website at www.holeinthewallgang.org or visit www.holeinthewallcamps.org to learn about the many camps in the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps. There may be a camp near you and there may be ways that you too can contribute to this great cause!

5 comments:

Jeanne said...

Beautiful! Good for you.

Nina Crittenden said...

That is really amazing, on many levels...

Kelly Light said...

that is the coolest - full circle !

jjk said...

Thanks guys!

I should also note that while I was getting my many rejections, I would read my in progress books to my campers. It was great encouragement!

moyamoyagirl21 said...

u r the best u signed my cop[y of ur book!! you are such a good inspiration! I was at sessipon 7 2009!:)