As 2017 begins, we hold all the broken hearted families in our hearts, those from years past, those suffering loss in this moment, and the too-many who will face the death of a child at many ages and from many causes during the coming year.
As a 501 (c ) 3 nonprofit, we rely on the generosity of others to help us help others.
We would like to thank all of our donors for continuing to support the important work of the MISS Foundation in caring for families suffering the death of their child.
In particular, we acknowledge the recent generosity of these individuals, corporations, and families:
KONG in memory of Cheyenne Cacciatore and all the children gone too soon
Rogers Family in honor of precious Jack
Microsoft and the Loforte Family in memory of beautiful Sierra Victoria
Parker Ortman Memorial Fund in honor of precious Parker
Rosemary Clubb/ Marty and Renee Marias in honor of Sophia
Newtown Kindness for the Charlotte Helen Bacon Scholarship
Anne Wintemute in honor of Auden & Madeline
American Institute for Research Grant (AIR)
Kathryn MacLeod Schafer and Mark Schafer in memory of spicy Ronan Thompson
Nancy & Tim Vekved in loving memory of precious Rachel
Swim Bike Mom-Virtual 5K Race and Renee Sameness
Taylor Roose remembering Kennedy and Reilly
And so many others who have contributed financially throughout 2016, too many to list here, and to those who offered their valuable time to help us.
We especially thank:
-Our Kindness Walk organizers
-Our chapter leaders, mentors, moderators, and volunteers
-Our Compassionate Bereavement Care providers
For the past twenty years, the MISS Foundation has tirelessly helped our families through counseling, advocacy, research, education, and support. As the new year begins, we are reminded that our services are needed more than ever as the number of bereaved parents seeking our services continues to increase at an alarming rate.
In addition to serving more than 1200 new families just finding out about the MISS Foundation, we help thousands more each year through our support groups, mentor network, counseling and online forums. We have an amazing volunteer network of bereaved parents and grandparents who spend countless hours every day helping other bereaved families around the world.
We hold support groups each month across the nation that provide a place of comfort and healing for grieving families. We provide free and affordable counseling to those in need, this year alone totaling more than $300,000 of in-kind services. We help families connect with other families experiencing child death through 24/7-access to private and secure online forums. We remember our children at MISS Foundation events like International Kindness Project Day, the Selah Retreat for bereaved parents, and Kindness Walks held in cities around the nation. Through our Compassionate Bereavement Care program, we have reached out to local communities, training more than 200 providers to offer appropriate support and care to families in their own communities who have a child who is dying or who has died.
And… stay tuned because we will soon announce plans to serve even more families with a first-of-its-kind program in the U.S. for the traumatically bereaved.
The MISS Foundation is able to care for grieving families because of all of these generous and sometimes broken hearts, individuals and corporate donors who see how very important our work is to communities around the world. Many of our contributions come directly from the families we serve who want to give back to the MISS Foundation as a way to help others going through this tragedy, as well as to honor their child who has died.
Completing our 20th year in service to humanity, to those suffering life’s most searing loss, we take this opportunity to say “thank you” because we are truly, truly, truly grateful for your support.