Why did we choose to support Camp Promise East?
In 2012, we went to Camp Promise East for the first time and enjoyed a friendly night of competition as everyone played casino games like blackjack and poker in exchange for food and beverages which campers purchased with their "winnings".
The counselors actually came from all over the world, including America and different parts of the United Kingdom, and spent three entire months at the camp site taking care of kids and adults with a variety of disabilities, all on a volunteer basis.
In 2014, camp moved from Hebron, Connecticut to just outside the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania metropolitan area. The new campsite is fully wheelchair accessible and complete with an outdoor pool, gym, computer lab, and giant cabins.
So where does the ConnectiKids Fund come in?
Where we come in is by assisting The Jett Foundation, which rents out the camp site from Variety Children's Charity. Renting out the camp site for a week and the number of campers that go each year is based on how much money we're able to raise.
Last year, 14 campers were able to attend Camp Promise East in Pennsylvania alone.
Along with sister camps (Camp Promise West in Washington State and Camp Promise Rockies in Colorado),
more 60 campers attended the Camp Promise Network in 2014.
The Jett Foundation handles your pledges and makes sure that 100 percent of your pledge (minus the small fee from FirstGiving, who hosts our donation page) goes to running the camp and sending kids to the camp.