Thursday, July 19, 2007
A Letter to the "Yated" editor
(Yiddishe Kinder in Slonim)
"HOW ABOUT HELPING THE ALREADY-FRUM PEOPLE?
I read with great interest your story of hatzolas nefashos by the organization Nechomas Yisroel. I have a question that has bothered me for a while. The organization states, "At a cost of $75 a month, you can save a Jewish child." Why is there not some similar program to "save" already frum children, or, rather, not "save", but simply "occupy" them? I find the price of day camp during the summer to be an unbelievable,oppressive, and budget-crushing phenomenon. It is unaffordable. Forget about sleep-away camp, which is not even to be considered. Every year, I give the day camp my credit card number and then proceed to daven that:
1. The money will somehow come at the right time to cover the day camp, or
2. I will somehow borrow money for this super large expenditure and be able to slowly pay it back, Be'ezras Hashem, over time.
It costs about $1100 to send one child to day camp. Multiply that by five. What can I say? It sounds crazy, but the children's school tuition is not as much or as impossible to pay. I know plenty of people who have no choice but to keep their children home all summer. Why is there no organization/fundraiser for people in this matzav -who are already frum? It does not seem fair to me. Why can't a "no-frills" camp be created? The children don't need to go on a big trip every week. Just have the children occupied with a structured program of inexpensive games and fun, which would make day camp an option for everyone without requiring them to take a (second? third) mortgage on their house.
Broke in Brooklyn"
Who says the Tzig doesn't like the Yated or it's readers?!