Jim and Phyllis Quist of Ferndale have one biological grandchild plus 628 they have "adopted" over two decades during a weeklong summer camp in Whatcom County for children with a history of being abused or deprived.
Q: What are the kids like?
Phyllis: Many of the kids have trust issues. We see some kids arrive scared, angry, withdrawn. By the second day of camp, it's so wonderful to see them smiling and laughing and having a great time.
Q: How does all this make you feel?
Phyllis: We really feel blessed to have this awesome opportunity.
Jim: We have the best job in camp, being grandparents for all the children.