Grief Relief To The Children Of Oklahoma City
When COVID-19 cast its shadow over the United States, Grief Heroes Foundation shipped Grief Donations to 18 inner-city schools in Oklahoma City. In coordination with teachers and school counselors (most of whom had little or no budgetary resources for traumatized students), we quickly distributed our grief-healing stories/workbooks produced in multiple languages.
Our donations have helped children begin to understand their grief and confusion by offering them a context and language to process their difficult emotions. Emily Kloeppel, a teacher at Windsor Hills Elementary School, Oklahoma City, expressed it so beautifully:
"In a school where trauma is abundant, and teachers and counselors are doing everything they can to help, the hope these Grief Heroes donations bring can't be overstated. These donations are helping hundreds of students and families in Oklahoma City."
Emily Kloeppel is a part of our Executive Advisory Board.
How It All Started
"I reached out to the communities I’m involved in to share our mission and see how we could help."
Oklahoma is the 9th poorest state and has the #1 ACE score in the country. The school professionals have next to no budget to help their grieving students.
Andy was 15 years old when he spearheaded the foundation's first donation project.
Emily Kloeppel was one of the first teachers to respond. Along with other passionate collages, they have worked tirelessly to distribute the Grief Heroes Donations to the teachers and school counselors from their school district.
The response from families are overwhelming and we are starting to see results of our effort.
These self-help tools are not only helping the children but also parents and in some cases grandparents.
The Next Step
We are currently planning a School Tour in 2022 to touch the lives of grieving children in seven states.
Our team of ambassadors and grief experts will deliver ‘Grief Heroes Donations’ to vulnerable children in elementary schools, while also providing enlightening educational resources and training to school professionals and parents/adults.
While our initial outreach has been largely self-financed along with local donations, the scope of the impact we hope to achieve needs the backing of major donors. Each school district in our identified location will 5000 - 6000 ‘Grief Heroes Packages. When you multiply that by 7, you can imagine the impact your support will make.
Future grants will help us tailor our grief books to different school county’s programs and curricula.
We are currently in a dialogue with interested school districts about creating a grief program for elementary school students.
Founders of Grief Heroes Foundation
Each Grief Heroes Donation includes:
1 Super Dog Zam grief book
1 pack of colored pencils
1 drawstring backpack
1 informational flyer for adults