We couldn’t think of a better way to close out the amazing summer we had here at Olive Crest than with a Foster Family Picnic. Our foster families joined as at Crossroads Spray Park in Bellevue to enjoy some “Under the Sea” themed games and the 96 degree weather. In addition to winning prizes and running through the spray park, our kids and families dined on some delicious pizza from California Pizza Kitchen in Bellevue. Thank you to all our amazing volunteers for making this day possible for our families.
Held this past month, Sleep Train’s Pajama Bowl was a huge success! At this annual event, attendees get to bowl in their P.J.s to raise money for foster kids. The total funds raised by all our teams have yet to be announced, but our staff team, Time to Spare, raised $1,900. We are so grateful for the 12 teams that brought energy and excitement to the night in order to help raise funds for our kids and families. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Sarah, age 9, couldn’t attend camp in the past because of her behavioral and safety needs. This year, Cedar Springs Camp assigned her an individual counselor, creating a new opportunity.
Sarah made three new friends, which is significant for a child who struggles in social situations. Sarah boosted her self confidence by sharing her love of drawing and painting with other campers. A favorite moment was using the cooled ashes from a campfire to make a drawing.
At camp, Sarah was able to release her energy positively through play and activities, creating a camp experience she will treasure. The skills and confidence she gained are priceless.
This kind of experience is behind Campbell Nelson’s “Kids to Camp” crusade, which helps send foster kids to camp with every new car sold. With their goal of $60,000, they are giving foster children the opportunity to share in the joy and experiences of summer camp.
Olive Crest is one of several organizations benefiting from this program. Campbell Nelson Auto Dealership raised more than $55,000, with nearly $18,400 going to Olive Crest. We thank Campbell Nelson for the difference it is making in the lives of our kids and