Childhood Grief and Loss fundraising campaign – Wendt Center for Loss and Healing

Wendt Center logoMany of you know that I volunteer at the Wendt Center’s grief camp for children and teens as an art therapist and have done so for the past five years.  This year’s camp is no different.  Camp Forget-Me-Not / Camp Erin DC is right around the corner, June 26 through June 28, 2015, and I need your help in my fundraising efforts.

The camp is offered free of charge to young people, ages 7 to 17 (from neighborhoods throughout the Washington, DC area along with Maryland and, our very own, Virginia), who have experienced the death of a loved one such as a parent, grandparent, sibling, or friend from homicide, suicide, accident or illness.  This fabulous camp offers a safe, supportive and fun environment for children to gently explore their feelings and to understand that they are not alone in their grief.  Children participate in grief support groups, arts and crafts, music, swimming, games, an initiative and confidence course, a camp carnival, journaling, dramatic performances, canoeing, and other camp activities.  At Camp, each child is paired with an adult buddy for the weekend.

Camp is offered free to participants and volunteers but the cost of sending a camper to camp is now over $1,000 per child.  The Wendt Center, like so many other organizations, has been significantly impacted by the current economic crisis.  Your contribution would greatly assist in offsetting the costs associated with the camp and help make a positive difference in the program.

Please help me in my fundraising efforts to reach my goal of $1,000.  Your tax-deductible donation can be made via check or directly through the Wendt Center’s online website at

Click on the DONATE Today Button in the upper right column

To ensure I receive credit towards my effort to raise funds to support the continuation of this camp, please enter “Camp Sponsorship Melanie Gardner” in the Designation block.

Thank you so much for your support to ensure that no child grieves alone.

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