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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sharing Simcha -- Part VIII: Two Weeks

B"H with the help of many bloggers and other friends, my Team Lifeline fundraising goal has been reached! I have replaced all my links with various other ways of donating to Chai Lifeline. Sponsorships can still be made at

Special thanks to:
and, of course, Anonymous.
I couldn't have done it without you!
And now, for today's feature presentation:
When I got to Camp Simcha this summer, I was surprised to notice a beautiful new building gracing the southern hill. It was surprising because just a few weeks earlier, all I had seen there was a pile of sticks.

Two weeks later, as I dragged my duffel up the same hill, I was surprised to see that it had become a verdant lawn. It was surprising because just two weeks earlier, in the wake of the construction, it had been a sandy lot.

When I got to the top of the hill, I was surprised to see the dining room filled with lighthearted, giggling girls. It was surprising because just two weeks earlier, many of these had been insecure, disheartened young women.

When I entered the dining room, I was surprised to see these girls hugging and bonding like the closest of sisters. It was surprising because just two weeks earlier, most of these had been total strangers.

Camp Simcha is full of surprises.
Help make it happen by sponsoring the Linns in the TeamLifeline marathon! They're doing double time so they really need your support!


Floating Reflections said...

Congratulations - when is the run?

As heard from a camp simcha kid who also went to another camp:

"Camp simcha rocks, dont imagine you are half as good"

Well, that did knock me down a peg or two ;)

Bas~Melech said...

It's on January 25.
And I happen to share that sentiment, though I'm sure your camp fills its purpose nicely. People who start comparing the programs need to realize that Camp Simcha has a very specific purpose and will therefore be different. Form follows function, yknow?

The Babysitter said...

I'm glad that you reached your goal and that I was able to help in contributing.

True, it's amazing what can change, glad they were pleasant surprises.