Summer to Remember
Organized by: Jeff Linder
My name is Jeff. I live in Ocala Fl with my girlfriend and her two young children. My own children live in Pennsylvania with their mother. We are looking to provide our kids the opportunity to take a real vacation. None of them has ever had a single weekend of pure fun due to our lack of funds. I am finding it difficult to simply provide travel for my kids to my home, so far away from them, even for a simple visit.
My children are 10 and 15. My son has many diagnosed disorders ranging from ADHD to PTSD. He has had a tough life for a child. From divorced parents to physical abuse, my son has experienced many things that most of us would not wish on an enemy. He had been in full time residential care for nearly a year and recently was discharged for improving himself. My daughter is amazing and caring. She has had some of the same hardships as my son with some exception, and has come through fighting and doing the best that a young girl could. I am so proud of her and want to reward her the way any parent would if they had the means. She has never even been to a real beach.
Her children are 6 and 7. They both are diagnosed with ADHD and are difficult to manage at times. They are great kids with extreme amounts of energy and easily distracted. I care for them very much and would like to see the ear to ear smile they would have walking into the theme parks of Orlando like Disney or Universal. Her daughter is a huge fan of any princess and Disney would make her go crazy with excitement. Her son has always loved transformers and other universal movies and the Universal park would make him so happy that he would run in circles for an hour just thinking he might see them in person.
What we are looking to provide is travel for my children from PA to FL, a weekend stay at an inexpensive resort or hotel in Orlando for the 6 of us, and tickets to one or two theme parks to visit. This would be the greatest time of their lives for all 4 children and something they would never forget. I regret that I cannot provide this myself and remember the vacations I took 30 years ago to be the best time I had outside of my own home.
We are a family of limited means and income and would plan to use this time to create a memory for all of us that may never be outdone. All 4 children have suffered their own hard times and all have dealt with it in their own way. We simply want to reward them for being so strong and return the love they have given us.
In addition I would like to thank you for your support. I include simply sharing this story with someone as support and anyone that helps to create this dream come true is welcome to request photos of the vacation, should it come to be.
I have set a high amount for our goal with the intention of giving the best possible. Should we not achieve our goal, we will make due with a trip for my kids to visit and take a trip to the beach. A round trip flight costs around $250 per ticket alone. This is the hardest part o living so far from my family.