We believe that jewelry should go “Beyond Beauty” and help to make the world around us a better place to live. Day’s is committed to many programs that support good things in our local communities, nationally and internationally. It is this commitment that fostered our relationship with Camp Sunshine beginning in 2013.
In 2013 Jeweler’s for Children, an organization established by the jewelry industry to benefit local charities, announced their local grant program asking jewelers to nominate a local children’s charity for the chance to win a $10,000 grant. The program was designed as a facebook contest with the top ten vote getters to receive the grant. We chose Camp Sunshine, a one-of-a-kind retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families in Casco, Maine.
Since then the hard-working individuals at Day’s Jewelers and Camp Sunshine have helped get the vote winning $30,000 in a three-year period.
Day's Jewelers presenting the $10,000 check after volunteering at Camp Sunshine in the summer of 2016.
Each year, the grant money has gone directly to Camp Sunshine’s Family Sponsorship program.
One of the families the Jewelers for Children grant sponsored in 2015 was 8-year-old Derek and his family. After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2014 and undergoing 18 months of chemotherapy, Derek is now faced with a condition called Optic Nerve Atrophy, which can cause blindness.
“Derek’s sibling Marcy is 14. Camp Sunshine is like a ‘little slice of Heaven’ to us. We are able to unwind and put the anxiety and worry on the back burner and relate to other families. We had a lot of fun watching our children smile and just have a good time. Thank you for giving us this amazing opportunity,” said Derek’s mother.
In 2016 Day’s Jewelers employees were given the opportunity to spend the day volunteering at Camp Sunshine, spending a day with the children. The experience was heartwarming to all.
“To be able to see the joy in every child’s face and the support of those around them was truly an unforgettable experience. I was able to explore the camp on a scavenger hunt with a group of children with a life threatening illness who laughed and saw no hate in this world, but thrived and lived in each day treasuring every moment. This to me is why I vote every year, to bring this joy to a child who may otherwise not be able to attend Camp Sunshine,” explained Day’s Jewelers Marketing Coordinator Amanda Nadeau
A camper enjoying their day at Camp Sunshine
Campers adventuring at the challenge course.
“The important connections that are fostered when a family walks through one of Camp Sunshine’s three, iconic front doors does not happen without the kindness and support of many people, including our generous donors, volunteers and families,” explained Camp Sunshine’s Executive Director Michael Katz. “There is nothing more inspiring than to have a family share with us that Camp Sunshine has changed their lives and in some instances saved their lives,” Katz continued. “We are so thankful to Day’s Jewelers and Jewelers for Children for helping us continue to create sunshine for these families.”
We at Day’s Jewelers are truly thankful for the opportunity to nominate Camp Sunshine again this year and ask for your votes. Voting ends November 18th 2016.
1. Vote from your mobile phone: