The older I get, more and more I realize how fortunate I am. I am so grateful that I have healthy parents, siblings, family members and friends. I have an incredible community of people around and I am incredibly grateful for them. Because of that, every day I try to live by the statement: Always stand up for the little guy. However I can, I try to do just that, one way is through Experience Camps.
I learned of Experience Camps last year from my friend, Jaymie, and I was hooked instantly. Experience Camps is a week-long camp for grieving children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver.
I couldn’t wait to spend a week volunteering as a camp counselor in Georgia this past summer but 2020 and COVID-19 had a different plan… Even though in-person camp didn’t happen this past summer, Experience Camps @ Home did. Volunteering virtually this past summer was absolutely incredible. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous because it was virtual, especially since it was my first year volunteering but it was better than I could have ever expected. I can’t put in to words the feelings and emotions I had that week. It honestly was the best week of 2020 for me. I was in awe of the staff, other volunteers, but most importantly, by the kids who attended camp. These kids are resilient, inspiring, smart, and funny plus they have gone through more than I have and they are half my age.
I can’t wait to volunteer as a camp counselor this summer in Georgia and that is the reason for this fundraising page! I need your help – I would love if you could donate to help more kids grieving a chance to attend camp (it is FREE for the kids!!) so that is why your donation is SO important.
Thank you thank you thank you! And know that you are a part of standing up for the little guy!
I love y’all! For the kids, always.
2020 has brought a year of hardship for all and grief for many. 1 in 5 children are grieving the loss of a parent, sibling or caregiver. And over 1 million children have been directly impacted by a COVID-related death.* With grief support needed more than ever, we must come back bigger and better in 2021 and meet the anticipated increase in demand due to COVID-19. To make that happen, we need your help.
From November 16th - December 31th, we are running a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Experience Camps. But this is no ordinary fundraising campaign. It’s also a way to share the stories of loss that so many of us have experienced. It’s a way to show grieving children that they are not alone. And to ensure that we can send as many grieving kids to camp in 2021 as possible.
We’ll be looking to you, our supporters, to join together to fill the funding gap created by COVID-19 and ensure that we can fund 1,200 campers to attend camp next summer. That’s a 33% increase from last year to help meet the demand we’re seeing for our programs.
You have the power to make a real impact in the lives of grieving children and have your friends and family rally around a cause that you care deeply about.
*Source: COVID-19 and Grief
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Experience Camps are nationally recognized summer camps for grieving children, ages 9-17, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or caregiver. We give grieving children experiences that will change their lives forever. With nearly 5 million children in the US currently grieving the loss of a close family member, the need is enormous.
Experience Camps operates summer camp programs in 10 locations nationwide, and provides ongoing opportunities throughout the year for support, connection and community. We reframe the experience of grief and empower our campers to develop invaluable coping skills that enable them to move forward with their lives.
Since 2009, Experience Camps has transformed the lives of thousands of children by bringing light to the profound darkness of grief. We offer a community where kids can laugh, cry, play, create, honor the memory of the person who died or forget the grief that weighs them down. It's a home away from home. And just about everyone will tell you... "It's the best week of the year."