NEWSLETTER ONLINE - FALL 2017 - WHERE DID SUMMER GO?
August 21, 2017 was a date for the history books. It was also a fun-filled morning at Danner Farms as 25 "family" members gathered to share a delicious brunch in our newly completed workshop, and learn a little more about the cosmos. With safety glasses ready, we watched one of God's miracles unfold right before our eyes. Pretty impressive. It's good to know that all of those kids will remember exactly where they were during the Great 2017 Eclipse: right here at Danner Farms.
Speaking of bicycles, Danner Farms was once again able to raffle off a beautiful, brand new TREK Mountain Bike at the Milton-Freewater Rocks Festival in mid August. Special thanks to the Bicycle Barn in Walla Walla for making that possible.
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Yes, time flies when you're having fun but, seriously, where did the summer go? We're not sure where it went, but it was certainly filled with activities here at Danner Farms.
The biggest highlight of the summer for several of our boys was Camp Elkanah. Five days of bunk-house camping, rough-and-tumble fun, new friendships, and learning about Jesus. For some, this was a life-changing experience as they committed their lives to Christ. We are already looking forward to next year's camp. If you would like to learn more about Camp Elkanah, please visit their Facebook page ... be sure to watch the "Sneak Preview" video.
Along with chopping wood, building work benches, working with the wonderful dogs from P.A.W.S., a splashingly good time at the Pendleton Aquatic Center, tending the "burn pile," some competitive Ping Pong matches, meaningful community service work, and eating cookies, the most heart-warming activities are the one-on-one times between the boys and their mentors. Strong bonds and friendships are being formed that will, hopefully, last a lifetime. We know that those memories will most certainly live forever here at Danner Farms.
Summer got off to a bang with a big yard sale and tremendous bicycle giveaway. We were very pleased with the yard sale that raised funds to help pay program expenses. We were even more pleased with the bicycle giveaway. Wow! More than 40 children (and a few adults) arrived early to select one of
the refurbished, pre-owned bikes. Each and every bicycle found
a new home. There were many happy children and smiling parents. Thanks to Gary Maggard for hundreds of hours of work to make those bikes ready for their new owners. Gary continues to share his love of cycling as he readies more bikes for the next giveaway.