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 people 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.
I've been volunteering with Experience Camps now for 4+ years and it's hard to put into words the ways in which this place has the power to transform these kids lives. It is a place where these girls can feel seen, feel accepted, and truly be themselves in a world where they otherwise feel incredibly alone. For me, it's an honor and privlidge to witness the stories that each one of these amazing girls walks into camp with and provide a positive, carefree, and accepting place to just have fun– it is truly the highlight of my year.
Grief is unfortunately touching many more poeple this year than it usually does, which means it is crucial that we make it possible to send so many deserving and grieving kids to camp.
I appreciate anything you can give to this incredible organization.
*Source: COVID-19 and Grief
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A little bit more about Experience Camps:
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."