Camp Rainbow 2018 helps kids deal with loss of loved one

What an honor to be a participant and volunteer this past Saturday for Camp Rainbow 2018, sponsored by Mary Washington Grief Support Services.

This bereavement program is dedicated to helping children 6-12 years of age deal with the loss of a parent or loved one.

The coming together of Mary Washington Hospice, its volunteers and Blue Gray Therapy Dogs was a beautiful sight to witness. It was proof of what can be accomplished when folks are dedicated and caring and work together as a team to create a haven of support and fun for our youth in need.

The event was held at Motts Run Reservoir on the banks of the Rappahannock River. The 44 children who attended were divided into four groups, and participated in fun-filled activities, including: making s’mores; fishing with homemade poles; painting beautiful ceramic rainbows and petting our gentle therapy dogs.

The smiles and happy faces of the children made this day a huge success for a very worthy cause. Our communities need more programs such as this to create a better world for our young citizens. It was a privilege to be a small part of this dream.

Thank you, Mary Washington Grief Support Services and all volunteers for this productive and very wonderful day.

Madge Healy

Blue Gray Therapy Dogs


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