In different circles we all have different roles. In the school-yard circle, I am mommy of Lulu and Scout, among my husbands friends, I’m Jacob’s wife, back home, I’m a daughter or sister or friend of so and so. It doesn’t feel natural to refer to Karen Saturday as the wife of Jeff Saturday because really, she’s a local Indianapolis hero in her own right. In addition to co parenting three children, financially backing several charitable initiatives through Saturday’s Kids and the People’s Burn Foundation, supporting breast cancer research and being a wife, Karen Saturday is there to personally support the people who are in need.
Her love and service are in the foreground in her speech AND her actions, “I want you [Children undergoing burn treatment & Breast Cancer Survivors] to know that we are investing in you as people. It’s more than just the dollar amount.” she says, “The people matter too.”
The People’s Burn Foundation of Indiana partners with Jeff and Karen Saturday for several charitable initiatives throughout the year. Saturday’s Lockers for families of children in the burn unit offer families the things they need while they are dealing with the realities of their situation; children with catastrophic burn injuries and often a long hospital stay. Camp Saturday is a camp for kids who have been severely burned — a medical team, a therapist and emergency responder volunteers all get together for a week to hang out and support kids. The kids get to know other kids who look just like them and deal with the same physical and psychological scars as them.
Oh, and the Saturday family camps out there too (I hear Jeff is looking forward to sleeping in the bunk beds this summer now that he’s a weight loss champion). While without the benefactors that write a check, Camp Saturday couldn’t happen, Karen says, “For us, It doesn’t matter if they [the children’ of Camp Saturday] can’t SEE that they matter to us. They don’t see our money, it doesn’t mean anything to them, they want to see our faces!”
Camp Saturday is a week long overnight camp at Flatrock YMCA camp. It serves Indiana children whose lives have been affected by bodily burns and have ongoing medical treatment. There are many men and women who donate their time each summer for the camp but the estimated expense for each camper is about $1000. The Saturday Family, The People’s Burn Foundation and the kids want your help for Camp Saturday, as well as for their year round encouraging events for the children.
If you own a business or are a corporate decision maker, consider sponsoring a lane at the annual celebrity bowling tournament, SuperBOWL for Saturday’s Kids on Monday, October 28th, 6pm at Pinheads Bowling. Lanes, sponsorship packages and tickets are available for corporate sponsors and their guests www.brandedmgmt.com. General admission tickets will be sold at the door for $250 until capacity is reached.
How can the everyday family or small business help?
Consider making a tax deductible donation to the People’s Burn Foundation to support the Saturday’s Kids Camp. If every Indy with Kids reader donated $1, we could pay for the ENTIRE WEEK at camp for EVERY SINGLE camper! Isn’t that powerful? A little bit goes a long way. Your kids can get involved too by raising funds or donating their allowance. Contact information for Cindy Allison is here.
The Saturdays are your everyday Indianapolis family with kids, just like most of us. They love taking walks around their neighborhood, hanging out at the zoo and the CHildren’s Museum, riding the Monon Trail. Karen says, “You can find us all together more than you find us apart. We love to serve others and that’s what we spend a lot of time doing — and we take our kids with us. We want to teach them to go help and serve the people in your own community.”