A fun and safe place for grieving children.

Mother turned volunteer: It will change your life

 

Meet Kelly Ogden, a camper mother and new Comfort Zone volunteer in California!

 

How long have you been a volunteer for Comfort Zone, and what roles have you held?
This January was my first camp as a volunteer. I was a floater.

 

How did you first hear about Comfort Zone? 
When my husband died, a coworker mentioned a small article in Good Housekeeping Magazine. I did a bit of research and thought it sounded amazing. My 3 kids have all gone to camp and I really wanted to help in any way I could because of their amazingly positive experiences. Between my 3 kids, they have gone to 10 to camps.

 

What's your favorite part about camp weekend?
My favorite part of camp was to witness the almost instant bonds these scared kids achieve in such a short amount of time. They arrived unsure and frightened, and by Sunday morning, they don't want to leave the camp bubble. (And Stephan's sizzle, THAT was outstanding!)

 

What was the child's favorite thing about camp weekend? 
My kids say their favorite thing about camp were knowing and meeting other kids that are in similar or the extact same situations. There is something calming about knowing that you are not alone in this new life that was thrusted upon you... and the S'mores. Endless smores! 

 

Why should others get involved at Comfort Zone?
It will change your life! After the loss of their father to suicide, my children all felt a stigma and burdened. They went to camp (two of them very UNwillingly) and when I came to pick them up, they ALL were, for the first time since their fathers death, SMILING, HAPPY, LAUGHING ... acting like kids again. What an astonishing change in just under 48 hours! Don't give it a second thought to sending your kid(s) here.

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