The DermacareCARES charitable program was created in 2006, and for the past ten years, DermacareCARES has helped to send volunteers and resources for a week-long, overnight Bible school camp called Camp Hands of Joy for over 200 Deaf children. For these children, many of whom live in severe poverty, a week at camp means three square meals per day, a feeling of security, and a chance to just have lots of fun.

Another way DermacareCARES has helped Deaf children in the Dominican Republic is by providing the salaries for a much-needed Teacher’s Aid and a seamstress for a deaf school in Santo Domingo, Centro de Sordos. The seamstress teaches the older girls a trade, so when they graduate they can earn a living. One of the graduates, Gileania, has already found her path in life making beautiful curtains for the more expensive homes in the D.R.

Subscribers to our Dermacare e-newsletter are kept informed of ways they can help with this very worthy cause such as donating items to the Camp Hands of Joy rummage sale, purchasing Thanksgiving Day casseroles and pumpkin bread, donating $8o to sponsor a designated child to attend camp, and purchasing pumpkins at the Fall Pumpkin Patch in Alachua, Florida.  For details on these events or other ways, you can be a part of making this camp a reality for these beautiful children, call Jennifer at 352-331-5355. Thank you for your support!

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