A local non-profit helping kids and families deal with grief received some big-time donations to help reinstate individual therapy.
The goal for the fundraiser at Constitution Yards on Friday night held by Louise Cummings, widow of Cpl. Stephen Ballard, who was killed in the line of duty in 2017, was was to raise $20,000 for Supporting Kidds in Hockessin. That goal was well surpassed, with the organization getting over $30,000, including a $10,000 check from the Behavioral Health Consortium.
Jessica Mojica's 6-year-old son died in October, and she said Supporting Kidds helped her 9-year-old daughter.
"Not only did she gain so much from them, but we, as parents, my husband and I, have gained a tremendous amount from them. We can't say enough for them. We'd support them every day, every year if we could," said Mojica. "The work they do is just invaluable for our kids and for the families. It's just invaluable. There's no price tag that can be put on it. There's no amount of money that I can donate that can ever repay what they do for us."
Katie McCormick volunteered with Supporting Kidds 20 years ago, and her youngest daughter went there after losing her father. McCormick said it's great to give back.
"Being here tonight actually makes me feel like I can give back, and sometimes when you're at the core of needing to help fix things it makes you feel like you're in a little bit of control as well, too, that you're contributing. I have really wanted a way to contribute back to them for the peace that they've helped give my daughter and myself," said McCormick.
Those in attendance at the fundraiser were able to purchase a luminary in memory of loved ones lost at $10 apiece, and they were lined along the entrance at Constitution Yards.
They're still accepting donations, just go to the Delaware Community Foundation's page.
For more about Supporting Kidds, click here.