Rap pioneer, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, better known as one of the founding members of Run-D.M.C., is all about giving back. The 46-year-old recently co-founded Camp Felix — a summer camp intended to provide a getaway for foster kids in upstate New York. With 171 campers from New York City currently attending, the camp has become a beacon for kids looking to establish a sense of family outside of their foster homes.
“These kids say, ‘I am just a foster kid. I have nothing going for me other than just being miserable,” McDaniels told New York Daily News. “I tell them, ‘You are wrong. Your situation doesn’t define who you are.”
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Co-Founded with Sheila Jaffe, Emmy Award-winning Casting Director of “The Sopranos” and “Entourage”, the camp grows out of the fact that both were adopted and have searched for their birth families. They realized how fortunate they were, having been raised by loving families. Things could have gone very differently had they not been adopted.
As adoptees, “We wanted to give back to those children who didn’t get adopted to a new home, who are growing up in the foster care system.”
Since 2006, THE FELIX ORGANIZATION has sent over 500 children to CAMP FELIX for one or two week sessions. The goal is to send more kids to camp each year and to nurture and encourage them throughout the year with additional, inspiring opportunities.
“As we expand our horizons, we hope that you will join us in our effort. You can help make a positive change or new beginning for these children,” they wrote on their website. “Many have no one to take them to the movies, to ball games, to check their homework, to help them make healthy life choices. We have the opportunity to mentor and guide this next generation to dream a bigger dream of a life they never imagined.”
Any and all donations will make such a difference in these young lives. It takes $500 to send one child to camp for one week, but any amount of money would help to enrich and inspire a child in the foster care system.
Email at – [email protected]
Make checks payable to:
THE FELIX ORGANIZATION Adoptees for Children
43 Oyster Bay Road
Locust Valley, New York 11560
OR, Donate Online: http://www.adopteesforchildren.org/id5.html