Each year before the holidays, the Swift Youth Foundation community adopts a class at partner school Palomino Elementary. Gifts are collected for the students, and the day before school lets out for winter break, Swift volunteers spend the afternoon with the kids doing fun activities with them and giving them their gifts.
HUGE shout out to the Chaparral Swift Club who coordinated, donated, and wrapped all of the gifts for the 3rd grade class we adopted this year, and a special thanks to The Happily Ever After League for supplementing the gifts for our class, and providing over 8 bags of toys for families in need in the Palomino community.
Check out the pics from the party! Photo Credit: Max Stein
Although I love and support Camp Swift, my story is not mine to tell, but my son’s, Seth. Seth was a counselor in one of the camp sessions that I happen to be volunteering at. He had a 10-year-old boy in his cabin that was his shadow the whole session. I could tell from a far, that this little boy was fascinated with my son and it was truly adorable to watch. All four days, I witnessed this child standing by my son, looking up to him and literally attached to his hip. I found out on the drive home, that this little boy changed my child’s perspective about other’s in a way that I could not have taught him, no matter how hard I tried.
My name is Jordan Traulsen but to hundreds of campers, I’m simply known as Chef Jordan! I have been a proud part of Swift Youth Foundation for as long as I can remember. Literally.
I was introduced to Swift right around the same time I was introduced to solid food, somewhere around my 1-year-old birthday. Swift was an important part of my mother and fathers life growing up and so, by association, Swift was important to me throughout my childhood. That upbringing taught me early on the significance of “giving back” and doing a good deed.
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