Hearts of Hope Camp

Published: Sep. 10, 2016 at 10:42 PM CDT
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Ukulele music filled the air at the Hearts of Hope Camp, playing the Hawaiian instrument is hunter Burton. Burton and a dozen other kids at this weekend long camp all have a connection, they are coping with grief.

"I love going here, I would have to say it's one of the best places I have ever gone, they really helped me since I lost my mom when I was six year's old,” said Burton.

Hearts of Hope camp is sponsored by the Midland Care Center, its purpose is to help children ages 6-12 get through the pain of losing a loved on. 51% of the campers have lost a parent and the rest have lost other close relatives, some even lost their entire family like LJ Askew. Askew and her sister Lilly were the sole survivors of fatal car accident that took the lives of their parents and baby sister.

"We have children whose loved ones died six weeks ago, it is hard for them,” said Camp Director Suz McIVer. “We don't put pressure on the kids, we put guidelines and say what is said here stays here.”

McIver along with more than 40 other volunteers make this camp a possibility. They are funded through private donations and grants and offer this retreat at little to no cost so that anyone can find relief.

“Awareness is really important at Midland Care so that people know children grief differently than adults,” said McIVer. “I think it does help and helps them know they are not alone.”

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