Hello beautiful friends!
As many of you know, I volunteer with a grief summer camp for kids who have lost a parent or a sibling. This program is incredibly special to me and I appreciate you taking a few minutes out of your day to read about it. Truly.
From the moment the buses drop them off to the last night's closing fire ceremonies these little hearts are wide open.
Ex Camps gives campers a chance to share their stories, compassion and empathy with other kids who understand what it feels like to mourn at such a young age. Camp provides grief counseling and emotional support but it's also CAMP! They make tie-dye, learn improv games, play kickball and swim everyday!
My boys feel free to talk about the things and the people that the world so often tells them not to bring up. It’s something quite remarkable to witness.
1 in 5 children are grieving the loss of a parent, sibling or caregiver.
Over 1 million children have been directly impacted by a COVID-related death.
-- W H A T ?!! Mind blown.
With grief support needed more than ever, ExCamps must come back bigger and better in 2021 to meet the anticipated increase in demand due to COVID-19.
To make that happen, we need your help.
So, How do you give thanks to a place so beautiful, so pure, so raw? How do honor a place that holds you and your hurt so tight in it's arms? By giving back so future kids never have to feel alone in their grief.
+ From now til December 31, we are running a GoFundMe campaign so we can send as many kids to camp in 2021 as possible.
We’ll be looking to YOU, our supporters, to join together and fill the funding gap created by COVID-19 to hopefully send 1,200 campers to camp for free next summer.
You have the power to make a real impact in the lives of grieving children by rallying around a cause I care so deeply about.
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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. It's a home away from home. And just about everyone will tell you... "It's the best week of the year."