Today I'm linking up with Five Minute Friday, writing for five minutes on a given prompt. Today, the word is PLACE.
I took this one-minute video earlier this afternoon at a very special place: Extend-a-Family summer camp.
Extend-a-Family is a wonderful organization in our city that offers weekend, school-break, and summer day programs for special needs people from age 4 to adult. Jonathan's been involved with EAF for several years now, and has been attending camp all summer.
Today was Talent Show day, and some of the kids got up to dance along to "Who Let the Dogs Out" by Baha Men. In the video, Jonathan is the one wearing the red shirt and tossing the yellow ball. His best friend, Nick, is sitting on the floor on the white bean-bag. When Jonathan saw me videotaping him, he started saying "Cheese!" -- making all his counselors laugh.
I said Extend-a-Family was a "very special place," but it's really not a place: it's people. If they had to move to a different physical location, the caring family atmosphere and the staff's enthusiasm and commitment to the campers would stay the same.
EAF is all about fun and friendship. For Jonathan, it's a home away from home. We are so glad to be connected to this program!