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Wednesday's Whim

Wednesday’s Whim: Giving Back

My dad is one of those people who doesn’t need much and that makes him hard to shop for.  The classic “dad” gifts don’t really fit – he only wears shirts and ties on Sundays sometimes, he’s not very techy, and my brother buys him all the golf stuff he needs.  Retired now, my dad spends his time mowing lawns for his neighbors, making maple syrup and shearing sheep.  Dead serious – he is a delightful anomaly.

On Algonquin in NYS’s Adirondack Park, Fall 2011

My dad is also a dreamer.  He’d love to build a house from the ground up and keep a small farm.  He’d like to shear more sheep than he does and has dabbled with spinning yarn.  He’d like to drive across the country in an RV, being sure to catch every inch of Route 66 along the way.  He’s already started raising turkeys for his own Thanksgiving table and also tables of those in need through a local food program.

My dad is generous, kind, and not always realistic.  I love him dearly.

So what do you buy for a man who has everything he needs and dreams of things that would make his wife crazy?

Last Christmas it was bees.  Not actual bees, but Heifer International Bees.  He was thrilled (or at least was good at faking it)!

Stuff permeates our existence.  Stuff we don’t need, stuff we think we need and stuff we do need but throw away in only a short amount of time.  If you haven’t seen it, check out The Story of Stuff.  It’s sure to get you thinking!

In the spirit of Heifer International, Dorcas House, and other worthy organizations, Camp Stevens has created Gifts of Gratitude – a program that allows you to give to Camp Stevens in honor of a loved one this holiday season.  After giving, you can print out a card to give in lieu of stuff for under the tree.

Perhaps giving a child a night out under the stars with a belly full of pizza cooked over the campfire is something you could add to your list this year!  Visit http://www.campstevens.org/gifts-of-gratitude for more information.



Whim: “sudden idea.”  This weekly post promises a number of things: personal thoughts and reflections, showing off Camp Stevens’ programs and staff, announcements for upcoming opportunities, and answering questions or responding to comments “from the audience.” If you have a topic or question you’d like addressed, just e-mail Beth!


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