The month of March was exciting, overwhelming at times, testing, and a blessing to Humbly I Serve’s Chief Officer Melinda Wilson and Senior Director Haley Barker! Starting on March 11, Melinda and Haley flew to St. Thomas in the Caribbean and covered a lot of ground during the following 10 days or so. We were so excited to welcome them back to the U.S. and hear about all that happened during their trip. From fundraising to meeting with organizations to catching up with past campers, it has a been a wild ride and we could not wait to tell our followers all about it!
With Seaside Adventure Camp just a couple months away now, Melinda and Haley did all they could to prepare for the upcoming two weeks of fun, sun, and Jesus with the kids of St. Thomas. They completed a lot of necessary marketing, fundraising and the overall framework for camp. They met with several sponsors and organizations such as Blue Water Bible College, Grace Baptist Church, Best Western, Frenchman’s Reef, Senior Frog, and WALA Paintball among others.
We are thrilled and thankful to announce several donations and partnerships such as the following:
- Senior Frogz is offering their pool, volleyball court and lunch for a day
- West Indies Co. is donating juice, soda and water
- Best Western Emerald Beach is partnering with us for a beach day
- the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts has awarded us a grant
- Caribbean Buzz Helicopter
- Seven Seas Corporation, Quantico Consulting Services, Spartan Concrete made generous donations
- Marriott Frenchman’s Reef – the Cove is holding a fundraiser to help support campers who may need financial help to attend camp
Melinda and Haley were also able to reconnect with a previous camper named Jacquian, who had invited them to his basketball game. As they spent the evening with jacquian, he could not stop talking about last year’s camp and how he hopes to come again this year. His improvement in school and among his peers since last year was an incredible testimony to Melinda and Haley. They were so happy to catch up with him and see how well he was doing.
Overall, Melinda and Haley’s trip was a great success and the team is grateful for these new partnerships as well as the continuous support in the Virgin Islands. Melinda and Haley want to extend a warm-hearted thank you to everyone in St. Thomas that donated items, sponsored and partnered with us. Although things are beginning to come together for Seaside, there is still so much to be done. We still have spots open for male camp counselors and we are also seeking camper sponsorships. For only $85, you can sponsor a child to come to camp for two weeks and give him or her an adventure of a lifetime. Finally, we are in need of many crafts and are looking for people, churches, businesses and organizations to host a craft drive. For any more information about Seaside Adventure Camp, our organization or to sponsor a child, visit our website.