MOUNY AIRY – One of the Rye Foundation’s recent philanthropic gifts is helping children who are grieving the loss of a sibling, parent, or grandparent.
Counselors and ministers help the children to express their feelings, and then share the great news that God wants them to enjoy “brighter days” in the near future.
Last summer, a total of 40 boys and girls participated in the Brighter Days Children’s Grief Camp. Sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice, the innovative and upbeat camp included sessions held in Wilkesboro, Lowgap, and Mount Airy.
Every day featured significant time for reflection, writing, singing, and praying. Campers wore tee shirts with Bible verses from Ecclesiastes 3:1 and 3:4. That passage of Scripture talks about the seasons of life, and promises that there is “a time to weep and a time to laugh.”
A delegation from the Rye Foundation attended a Celebration of Life service held in the Surry County town of Dobson. Several children shared about their camp experiences, both through their music and poetry.
A moving and emotional moment occurred when each child released a balloon, and reflected upon a special memory of their loved one.
Leaders of the Rye Foundation are thankful for the opportunity to provide hope and healing to these special children.