• Lyndsey Grace Belk, only 12-years-old, is an experienced volunteer at Camp Jessie's Kids which helps children through the grieving process
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Lyndsey Grace Belk, only 12-years-old, is an experienced volunteer at Camp Jessie's Kids which helps children through the grieving process

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Your gifts allow Lyndsey Grace to share her compassion at Camp Jessie’s Kids

Lyndsey Grace Belk has a very important day on her calendar every year -- Camp Jessie’s Kids.

As a part of the McLeod Hospice Grief Recovery Program, Camp Jessie’s Kids focuses on care for children struggling with the loss of a loved one. This uniquely designed camp allows children of various ages to learn coping mechanisms to express and deal with their loss.

For 26 years, gifts from donors like you ensure a day of healing remains available for this vulnerable group of children.

Camp founders, Frankie and Jessie Tanner, originally recognized Lyndsey Grace’s compassionate heart at a remembrance service held at her family’s funeral home. Even as a seven-year-old, her desire to comfort the brokenhearted was apparent.

Frankie and Jessie knew immediately that she would be a perfect camp volunteer. A few years later, in 2016, Lyndsey Grace faced her own journey with grief.

Both of her great-grandmothers, Mimi and Grandma Ard, received the loving care of McLeod Hospice. Camp Jessie’s Kids allowed Lyndsey Grace to work through her grief and fully empathize with the other children at camp.

Now an experienced volunteer at the age of 12, Lyndsey Grace shares, “We learn to listen with our ears, our eyes and especially our hearts. I get to know the children and then suggest ways to help them get through their grief.”

Each year as the emotional candle light ceremony closes the extraordinary day, Lyndsey Grace shares tears with children and their families. Tears of grief, healing, hope -- but also of gratitude -- for the comfort you have made available through Camp Jessie’s Kids.