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JUMP for JOY at Christmas

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JUMP for JOY at Christmas

Amanda Barton

What better way to celebrate Christmas than with 70 kids! The Christmas JUMP, a day camp for foster kids and their siblings who have attended Royal Family Kids Camp was a great day! Over 50 volunteers came to spend a day making memories and celebrating Christmas. This is our 8th day camp and we are so excited to do many more.

The day held much joy, singing, playing, eating, creating, and fun! We also had a retelling of the Christmas story and the kids got the chance to dress up and act it out. Each child received a bell necklace to remember the JOY of Christmas.

A highlight of the day was decorating cakes. Each child got to frost and decorate their own cake to put in a container and take home. Lots of candy was used to decorate these cakes and there was a cake decorator to show the kids some tips.

The kids also had a chance to shop for a book for themselves as a Christmas present thanks to Jessica Anderson at Usbourne books. They enjoyed looking through the variety and picking their own present.

A few local organizations did a gift drive and collected Christmas presents so that each child had the opportunity to pick and wrap a gift for someone special in their lives. One child was not going to shop because he didn't have any money. When he was told he didn't need any money because other people had generously given gifts, he got a huge smile and ran to the room where the shopping was set up.

Thanks to all the personal shoppers from the Optimist club who came to help the kids find and wrap the perfect present to give.

A highlight as usual was the plasma bikes in the gym. Every kid wants a turn on those fun bikes. A group of boys enjoyed playing flag football outside. A little snow didn't stop the fun. One child chose to be the referee and made sure to call the shots.

The beauty room, toy room, craft room, and science room are always a good time. Many girls would show off their nails and hair after being in the beauty room. Polly pockets and Legos were a hit in the toy room. In the craft room kids made Christmas ornaments and paper chains. Snowmen made of giant marshmallows and a messy peppermint candy experiment were a hit in the science room.

What joy! What fun! What memories! Merry Christmas from JUMP!