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Giving Thanks

From Mitch, PLVC Executive Director:
This is the week we set aside for giving thanks – for our family, our friends, and all of the things we have been blessed with throughout the past year. Here at camp, there is much to be thankful for: a beautiful natural setting that has touched the lives of so many; our wonderful board, donors, and volunteers that are so passionate about the work we do; and our staff, who work tirelessly to deliver great programming to the Kalamazoo area.

But even in a time of giving thanks and feeling fortunate, my heart aches for many of the children and families we serve. Knowing that the six days that these children spend at camp may be the best six days of their year, is both gratifying and sad for me. I was blessed to be raised in a nice neighborhood on Kalamazoo’s west side and had two parents that cared deeply about me. I never had to worry about my next meal and always took for granted the house I grew up in. Many of our campers and their families face the food and housing crisis daily. Others have households that are working multiple jobs just to make ends meet, but at what cost to their family life together?

As you give thanks this week, keep in mind those less fortunate then you and make a commitment to help somewhere during this holiday season — it may be as simple as ringing a bell for the Salvation Army or volunteering at a food pantry. And then, be thankful that you have the opportunity to help someone else.

On behalf of the Staff and Board at Pretty Lake Vacation Camp, have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

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Dear Mitch and all our friends who never stop working and caring for Pretty Lake,
Thank you for all you ALL do and for the most hoped-for possibilities that you will be able to do so much more throughout the entire year to help so many more people.
Thank you to all that share what they have to give Pretty Lake a beautiful future as well.
Sue and Dave Doan

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