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Santa’s Workshop Weekend

Santa’s Workshop Weekend November 30 – December 2, 2018

Sponsored by Tampa Carrollwood Rotary

For Children with Cancer, Blood Disorders and their well sibling ages 2-12 years old at Rotary’s Camp FL    1915 Camp FL Road, Brandon 33510

Need Individuals and Groups to Help Santa.
Each year Faces of Courage hosts children ages 2-12 who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer, sickle cell or hemophilia and their well siblings.

At this camp, Santa opens a Special Santa’s Shop for the children to come in and use their ‘free’ Reindeer Bucks to shop for holiday gifts for their Moms, Dads, Siblings, Pets, Favorite Doctor and Nurses.

Elves Needed! Elves Needed! (Volunteer opportunities)
Santa is in need of short term elves for the holiday season. Due to a labor shortage, elves are needed for the Santa Workshop Weekend. Santa offers a great benefits package of food, candy and lots of hugs and smiles. Please apply at Faces of Courage today!

The time has come to sign up to volunteer for the 17th Annual Santa’s Workshop Weekend.

In order to sign up you need to know the following:

1. Volunteers need to be at least 16 years old. No visitors or volunteers under 16 please.
2. You need to RSVP with your Name, Address, Age, Email Address and Phone Number
3. We only have a limited number of jobs and they go FAST.
4. If you are a student who needs volunteer hours verified please bring you paperwork with you to camp.
5. It may take me days to get back to you with a confirmation.
6. All the weekend activities for the Santa’s Camp are held at Rotary’s Camp FL 1915 Camp FL Road, Brandon, FL 33510

Holiday costumes, hats and decorations encouraged.
Faces of Courage Foundation provides life enriching experiences to kids, women & families touched by cancer. Santa and Faces of Courage would love for you to become one of our elves at this wonderful weekend for kids with cancer and blood disorders…and their siblings.
Yes, the weekend is designed for the entire family.
Mom & Dad drop off the kids and get the weekend off… and we get play games, make new friends, eat yummy food, and entertain some amazing children while our amazing Doctors and Nurses take care of their medical needs.

Check out the list of Elf Positions available:
Need Now:
Marketing Elves ~ need help spreading the word on Facebook please like us and share our posts to cancer families, doctors, hospitals, support groups that treat pediatric cancer, sickle cell or hemophilia. If you work for a hospital or Doctors office please volunteer to hand out flyers to you eligible families. Email me for a camp flyer.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28 AT 3pm – 7pm
Moving Elves ~ 10 Volunteers to pack up camping items from Storage at iStorage 203 Providence Road units B31 and B37 (BEHIND the B Building) on Wednesday, November 28, at 3pm. Unload at camp around 5’ish. Vans, trucks, and large cars and strong volunteers are a great help.

THURSDAY, NOV. 29 AT 5pm – 7pm
Decorating and set up Elves ~ We will be decorating camp, setting up tables, unloading food and getting the facility ready for Friday. Need 10 volunteers to help get the job done.

Santa’s Workshop Gift Drop Off
If you have gifts to donate to our Santa’s Shop, please bring them to camp Thursday, Nov. 29 between 5pm-7pm or Friday, November 30 from 4pm -7pm

FRIDAY NIGHT, November 30
Parking lot helpers ~ 10 volunteers starting at 4pm – 7:30pm to direct traffic in parking lot.

Luggage Wranglers ~ 6 people to help families unload vehicles and direct them to our registration tables in Publix Hall from 4:30pm – 7pm

Registration Elves ~ 8 volunteers to meet and greet campers and their families and get them registered

Kitchen Elves ~ 4 volunteers to wash and prep food, cook meals, serve campers, clean kitchen and dining area. Friday 4pm – 8pm

Morning Buddy Elves ~ 50 volunteers. These elves join us for only the Saturday morning activities, they buddy up with a kid and assure that he/she gets to all activities and meals. Needed on Saturday from 8:30 am until noon. Will meet in the Publix Hall.

All Day Buddy Elves ~ 30 Volunteers work from 8:30am until 5:30pm

Kitchen Elves ~ Wash and prep food, cook meals, serve campers, clean kitchen and dining area

6-9am – 4 volunteers
10-2pm – 4 volunteers
4-8pm – 4 volunteers

Activity Elves ~ elves needed to coordinate fishing (2), canoeing (2), archery (2), playground (4), Face painting (4) and basketball (2). Hair (2) Nails (2) Photographers (3) Saturday 8:30am – noon.

Water Safety Elves ~ 2 certified lifeguard elves needed. Saturday, 8:30am – noon.

Santa’s Workshop Elves ~ 15 volunteers set up Santa’s Shop, organize and display gifts, help children choose presents, and wrapping and bagging gifts.

Kitchen Elves ~ Wash and prep food, cook meals, serve campers, clean kitchen and dining area
6-9am – 4 volunteers

Sunday Breakdown Team ~ Ten elves needed to assist with cleanup of cabins, packing and moving back to storage 10am – 2pm.

Weekend Kitchen Staff ~ 8 volunteers work all weekend in Kitchen

Overnight Elves ~ 30 volunteers 17 years and older are assigned to either a boy’s/girl’s cabin and are responsible for coordinating assigned kids activities. Monitoring their assigned campers for the weekend. Must be able to pass background check. If you are planning on being an overnight Elf.


Cabin essentials ~ individual wrapped soaps, new toothbrushes, tooth paste, shampoo, deodorant, Q-tips, single fitted/loose sheets, towels, blankets and clean sleeping bags


Gifts for Santa’s Shop
Because of the overwhelming shortage of elves this past year, Santa is hoping you could collect and donate those: new or “recyclable” gifts or that are new or almost new and taking up closet space in your home.  Santa holds a special Workshop so that the 80 campers diagnosed with cancer, sickle cell, hemophilia and their well siblings can shop for gifts with their free reindeer bucks. New/Regiftable items (for siblings, Moms, Dads, pets, favorite Doctor/Nurse). Teen gifts are always in short supply.

Wrapping paper, scissors, ribbon, bows and scotch tape are in great demand too.

Gift Cards Needed
Gift cards to Target, Gas, Wal-Mart, Staples, Office Depot, and Publix are a big help to our families.

Donate -We are also looking for individuals, social group or businesses to sponsor:

Title sponsor Tampa Carrollwood Rotary

Cabin sponsor $5,000. (six cabins)

Sponsor a dinner $1,500. (two dinners Friday or Saturday)

Sponsor a lunch $1,000. (one lunch Saturday)

Sponsor a breakfast $750. (two breakfasts Saturday or Sunday)

Sponsor the camper/volunteer t-shirts $2,500.

Sponsor a camper for the weekend $250.

Sponsor a bouncing house $200.

Lifeguard/Lakefront $150.

Hope sponsor $100.

Archery sponsor $75.


Give us a call to volunteer or donate:
Faces of Courage
10006 Cross Creek Blvd., 519
Tampa, FL 33647

(813) 948-7478
Peggie D. Sherry email psherry@facesofcourage.org
We need your support
Sponsorship opportunities still available!!



Santas Workshop




Nation of Neighbors Grant for 2019 Teen Cancer Camp

Royal Neighbors Grant Check Presentation

We are thrilled to announce that Amy Jones and Darcy Smith from Royal Neighbors Insurance Company visited camp this past weekend and presented Peggie D. Sherry, CEO/Founder of Faces of Courage with their Nation of Neighbors Grant of $10,000. to fund the 2019 Teen Cancer Camp.

We are over the moon thrilled to be recognized by this 125 year old company that was founded by a group of women before they had a right to vote!

Special shout out to Jane Morse-Swett, President/Founder of Women with Purpose for nominating Peggie for this prestigious award.
Check out their website and read about the award:




Cancer Camp Group Pic

If you are interested in looking at the photos that Pam Knowles took at the last two adult camps, Check out her Smugmug page at:


Pam is graciously allowing everyone to be able to download their photos at no cost, by right clicking on the images and saving them to your computer.



Cancer Research

As most of you know we work very closely with the University of South Florida on several research projects that we feel are vital to helping cancer patients in the future.
These are not lab/clinical or medical research projects but more along the lines of how cancer affects patients/survivors and how we can get answers to help now….while we wait and pray that the medical researchers will find a cure.
Please read this request for participants and help if you are able. Please feel free to share with any other cancer patients and encourage their participation, Thank you!

Have you been diagnosed with cancer?
Have you completed cancer treatment in the last 5 years?
Have you been prescribed medication for pain since your cancer diagnosis?
If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study.
Eligible participants will be paid a $30 gift card for completing a 45 minute interview about their understanding and perceptions of the medications prescribed to manage pain after cancer diagnosis and treatment.
To learn more call: 813-557-0365
Email: coph-painman@health.usf.edu
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Spring has Sprung!

Make the most of Spring by cleaning out your closet and breathing new life into your Designer Bags you no longer use.

Faces of Courage Cancer Camps is launching a new campaign called ‘Purses for Hope and Courage’. We are looking for new, like new and gently used designer handbags/clutches/purses/crossovers to be donated to Faces of Courage Foundation. We will take the best ones use them for our Event Silent Auctions and if enough of them come in we will host a dedicated silent auction sale day.
ALL donations are tax deductible. If you will complete a donation form and insert it into your donated Designer Bags we will mail you a form for your taxes.
The proceeds generated by Purses for Hope and Courage will go to fund our Faces of Courage Programs. Faces of Courage is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that since 2004 has provided FREE of charge day outings, educational workshops and weekend camps for children, adults and families who have been touched by any type of cancers or blood disorders. Faces of Courage has hosted over 8,300 campers at programs.

To sign up to be a drop off location please contact me at psherry@facesofcourage.org.


Purses for Hope Events




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