More than words, those are our important core values.
BASE CAMP monthly OVERNIGHT CAMP is our main program and our namesake. Like the encampments that are built as climbers climb mountains, we set up base camps locally to help the children (ages 5 to 15) stop, rest, eat, play, and gather with friends to gain the strength and encouragement to continue the journey and finish the climb!
BASE CAMP NOURISHMENT delivers 200 meals every WEEK to children and families at the 3 local hospitals and outpatient clinics serving pediatric cancer patients. A mixture of HOT FOOD from local restaurants, and a PANTRY filled with single-serving foods, bags of groceries for home and grocery store gift cards. This program provides children with a much needed diversion from hospital food, and gives parents with a much needed FREE meal. It also gives families enough groceries to make dinner for a week in the toughest of times. Every Friday night the delivery of a dinner meal is enhanced with movies and popcorn and candy so that families can enjoy "DINNER & A MOVIE" while in the hospital.
BASE CAMP coordinates MILESTONE parties: celebrating birthdays, END OF CHEMO, radiation compete, etc.. Bringing dessert and balloons to acknowledge and CELEBRATE the day!
BASE CAMP coordinates Parent support groups in the hospitals, clinics and local restaurants to help parents cope through treatment and beyond.
There are currently over 1000 children patients in central Florida
ADOPT A CHILD / SECRET SANTA
$200 - $500 buys one great Christmas gift; flat screen tv, iPod, iPad, gaming system; wii, xbox, etc for one child
ADOPT A FAMILY
$500 sponsors a FAMILY of 4 $700 sponsors a family of 5, ... 2 children; (patient plus sibling & parents: $200 per child; $100 for parent/parents gift) Parent gift items like manicure/pedicure for mom, oil change/haircut for dad
$20 unwrapped gift for BASE CAMP Christmas party in December - children get to "go shopping" and choose their own gift from the table. (200 children in attendance, we need 200 $20 gifts for boys & girls ages baby to teens)
Gifts for hospitalized children who can't attend the party; all price levels welcome
***Need 20 gifts every Friday night in December***