In the Spring of 2016, my high school was contacted by CRCCS about the bursary available to students who had lost a parent or sibling. I had two grade 12 students who had lost parents that year. Both students hadn’t been planning to go to post-secondary studies for September 2017 because they knew they couldn’t afford it and were planning on working to save money sometime down the road. They were overwhelmed when they were selected to both receive an investment in their future from the Charlene Reaveley Children’s Charity. Their marks in Grade 12 reflected their struggle with grief so they didn’t qualify for other scholarships. Thank you for investing in their future. Both students are pursuing post-secondary studies at this time and I credit your foundation by giving them the encouragement that someone, they had never met, believed in them and wanted to help them to have a future. Everyone’s grief journey is unique; your charity brings hope and healing that you may never see first hand but I know the difference it made for these two young people. Thank you most sincerely, Counsellor at a lower mainland high school.
– It was almost by accident that I was put in touch with CRCC. I was calling around to other resources in the community to find some information on play therapy for my 4.5 year old daughter who recently lost her father. I was put in touch with the Charlene Reaveley Children’s Charity. I made the call and Kim answered. I remember this call vividly. Full of emotion, I felt immediately supported when we talked about the reason why I was calling. In tears, I picked up the intake package and was provided with a warm long hug from Kim. There are not many words I can say to express my gratitude for the Charity and the support my daughter and I have received. I am truly grateful for all the charity has done for us, from the toy drive at Christmas to the play therapy funding. It’s a blessing and a gift to be a part of something so amazing which supports many people in the community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
I did not know Charlene very well, although I did meet her a couple times through a friend. Always a smile on her face, kind hearted person, adored children. I was shocked to hear of her tragic passing, and although she cannot be brought back, I think she would be so amazed of the charity and everything it does for people through their hard times. I have attended the annual fundraisers to show my support and remember a great person I wish I knew better. On April 5, 2013, my sister and I decided to go to the Annual Gala to help support the charity. I donated a cleaning gift certificate from my company Queen Bee Cleaning Service. All was well, a fun night with friends having dinner and drinks, bidding on the many items businesses and people had donated. My sister suddenly passed away on April 16,2013, 11 days later. At the time of the Gala there was no way I could imagine I would be utilizing the resources the charity offers. It has become apparent nobody knows what the future will bring from one moment to the next. My sister left behind a now orphaned daughter. Amongst all the chaos of everything going on, I was brought some pre made meals from CRCCS to help myself, my 3 kids, and her daughter to have 1 less thing to worry about through our grief. It is amazing how much that support helps during those times. When I was planning my sister’s funeral, I was given the idea of doing a butterfly release at her service. A couple of the board members of CRCCS made a personal contribution of the butterfly release; it was so special for the kids to each be able to let a butterfly free in honor of my sister Tammy. It really shows the compassion the people involved in the charity have to do something like that out of the kindness of their hearts. I was contacted by the charity a couple months later to see if there was anything else they could do to help us; I mentioned I was sending my niece to some summer camps to give her something fun, as she had to move across the province after my sisters passing to come live with me. CRCCS paid for her to go to camp. It was a fantastic experience for her, and also something that would have been difficult for me to pay for after just having to pay for my sister’s funeral costs. At Christmas time, I was contacted and asked what kind of toys all of my kids and my niece like. To my surprise, we were brought a large box full of toys, clothes, gift cards. Words cannot express my gratitude to the people who make these events happen. The help it gives to families in these times is just amazing. I cannot imagine the countless hours of planning, coordinating, wrapping. I have always thought of charities as something that helped the “needy or poor”, I really don’t think I am needy or poor, but I was at that time. In a time of loss, everything helps, big and small. To have a charity that knows the details that really are needed, and truly understand the grief is amazing.
– CRCCS is a charity that continues to make a REAL difference. Many families living within our own community suffer tragic loss with no idea what step is next or where to turn. CRCCS step up with volunteer staff dedicated to creating a support system lined with comfort and hope to get these families through some of their hardest times. The care in which the charity takes with each individual is truly admirable. As a local business owner, we strive to promote and contribute to this charity in any way we possibly can and will continue to do so. CRCCS, THANK YOU for all that you do and the many families that received the much needed support.
I wanted to drop you a line and thank you so much for the scholarship that was awarded to my daughter last year. She graduated from Delta Secondary in 2015 and the Charlene Reaveley Children’s Charity awarded her a $500 scholarship. We were so very thankful for your organization’s generosity. My daughter is using that scholarship to help fund her Equine Therapy Course at Kheiron College in BC this year. The kids and I have been through very difficult and challenging times. My husband passed away in 2008 from a sudden heart attack. My daughter was 11 years old and my son was 6 years old. This was such a terrible time in our lives and we were fortunate enough to have support through Delta Hospice Society. Unfortunately in 2009 my Mom (who lived with us) passed away and then my sister in law and my brother also died within two years of my Mom’s death. We have had some very tough times with so many complex losses in our lives. I am aware of your family’s story and I send you my sincere understanding for all that you and your kids have gone through. Please pass along to everyone involved in your charity how much we appreciate all that you have done for us and also all that you continue to do for people facing the loss of a loved one. Thank you again!