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May 31, 2012

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May 31, 2012

As I personally know "Charlie" ..I can only say that she is caring, compassionate person as are the rest of the staff. Cheers. Bob Rees, Jr.

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2011

May 31, 2012

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May 31, 2012

Wonderful organization. Vital resource to our community. Dealing with the loss of parent at an early age is very hard. I'm happy to support their efforts to heal broken hearts.

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2012

April 20, 2011

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April 20, 2011

During an Amanda the Panda orientation a woman was present to share her family’s story of grief when losing her husband. She was so very passionate and thankful for the support and generosity. It was truly an unfiltered sight of expression and gratitude.

The Executive Director is so
zealous about this organization, it is hard not to want to be a part of it. She continues to keep Mrs. Zimmerman’s vision insight and expresses the same emotion for Amanda the Panda as if it was the very first day of Amanda’s unveiling. Members of this board are stern and faithful, they watch over this organization just as if it was one of our children receiving grief support.

Camp Amanda provides emotional outreach and a place to collaborate with others cooping with loss. This camp opens our kid’s lives to endless support throughout a weekend long retreat, allowing them to express, heal and have fun.

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During an Amanda the Panda orientation, a woman was present to share her family’s story of grief when losing her husband. She was passionate when speaking and very thankful for the support and generosity that came from this organization. It was truly an unfiltered sight of expression and gratitude.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase committee members and seek professional members of the community who specialize in areas of need within the organization. Such as; digital design, public relations, editors and marketing.

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Life-changing

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Mrs. Zimmermans business card

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

I would like to Thank Amanda Panda for giving me the strength to get through the holidays knowing that what I was feeling was normal. I became aware of this organization from a co worker who had lost her mother and she told me about the gifts and how much she has received support from Amanda Panda. From there I was unsure about it because I too lost my mother but my son was a infant and could not benefit from the services, also it was not local to my home. It wasnt until I went to the Iowa Donor Network Hope for the Holidays that I became more aware of the organization. First my son was 2 and has such a connection to my mother, who passed away suddenly, when he was 2 months old. His knowledge of her presence and also of HEAven is truely amazing. Most people do not beleive that kids see things and beleive things that us as adults feel we cant. HAving him in my life has made me believe everyday my mother is with me always and a guardian angel. When we arrived at the event Amanda the Panda came over and he fell head over heels with her and sleeps with the BEar that she gave him at the event every night, He says she knows grandma and that is why he has that, becasuse we are special to have loved ones in heaven.. He now has a love for stuffed animals and sleeps with dozens of them becasue of that. He knows that his own grandma gave him one when he was a baby so the understanding of it fit in perfect to Amanda Pandas donation. HE just loved sitting at a table with her and other volunteers playing.. As for me sitting in the event, felt a new found sense of help. Not only what I was going through as a daughter losing a mother, but also to know that there are places for if the unthinkable ever happened to me, and that is that myt son will find comfort in others who have lost as well. I have been on a lonely path of no one understanding and other who have not been through the loss thinking I was crazy. It wasnt until my husband also heard from others they felt the same, abandonment, lonliness, frustrations but also to know they are with us! Charlie gave such a empowering speech that I replay it everyday in my head of, ITS OK, but I also count my blessings everyday and am so Thankful that children who lost loved ones can go somewhere to find that sense of life and togetherness. I wish my son who is only 2 could have that as well. I fear the day he forgets about the bond or quits talking about my mother. We speak of her everyday and to see the video of the kids without their parents was a true eye opener to live each day like it is your last, and to treasure every moment you can!! Thank you!

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Hope for the Holidays

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make for younger ages so they can grow up to always understand.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

I am a counselor at a local community college. I have referred students and families to the Amanda the Panda website and camps. This organization provides an invaluable service to professionals like me who make the referrals and, of course, for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing students comments of their experiences at the camps.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make the camps available more often and have more publicity of the support groups and other programs.

February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

Amanda the Panda organization is amazing. My daughter and I attended the Grief Camp and Support Group to help us deal with a tremendous loss. The staff was exceptionally attentive to our needs and helped us navigate the grief process in way where we both came out whole. Amanda the Panda is now on my annual giving list. The staff is budget conscious, the organization has a great network of community support, and clients value Amanda's volunteers. A worthy cause indeed!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a client, excellent service. As a donor, concise information about financials.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None. It is a great organization with an invaluable purpose.

February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

I lost my dad the day before thanksgiving 2010. Numerous friends told me about Amand the Panda for my self and my 6 and 8 year old sons. From the moment I walked in the door at the first support group meeting and was greeted with a hug I knew that is where we were supposed to be and it was going to be a part of my life from that day forward. When the boys and I are done going through the program I know in my heart that is where I am supposed to be to help other people that are going through the same thing I am feeling now. Amanda the Panda is one of the most AMAZING things I have ever been a part of and can't wait to continue this journey.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many many ways!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change anything.

February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

Amanda the Panda has been known throughout the Des Moines, Iowa area just by the mention of the name. They are a wonderful organization in our community that helps young and old alike to deal with grief. As a Funeral Director in this community for over 30 years, Amanda holds a special place in my heart for all those they have have helped. The boy whose father died, and he needed help understanding why. The little girl whose Daddy died in Iraq just couldn't understand what war meant and why her Daddy had to go and not come home. The Dad who lost his wife and was left to raise four children alone. Amanda reached out to all these people, and showed them first of all understanding, then friendship. They figured out how they could best help them, and then did it. What a gift of service Amanda the Panda has..they are just magnificent. God Bless them all for what they do!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing how families are helped in our community. Seeing the love they share so willingly. This is truly the Bear with a Heart, and it is shared always. They try to squeeze blood out of a turnip in the use of their funds, so more can be helped. I knew the original Amanda (Joanne) all my years in this area, and she was a true delight of a person. She shared her soul with others to help them.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Only hope they could receive more funds, as with our current world environment it can be difficult to raise funds for necessary groups. That is a challenge all over, and this group is so deserving.

February 14, 2011

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February 14, 2011

My husband passed away in September 2004 from stomach cancer when he was just 39. He left behind 4 children ranging in age from teenagers to toddlers. From the time he was diagnosed until when he died was just 7 months. During that time - so many friends and family were there to help us, but after his death - everyone had to get back to their lives... and it became very quiet. Not many people knew what to say or what they could do to help - and frankly - neither did I.

Then, along came Amanda the Panda! They offered some unique holiday support that simply became a life line for us during that first Christmas season. Then, we were able to attend camp, family outings, etc... Amanda the Panda is a unique organization that comes in just when everyone else steps out. They understand. They offer support. And, they help you to find your way to a new "normal".

Soon after being a "client" - I began volunteering at camp. More recently, I have helped facilitate support groups. Being able to help others who have experienced significant loss not only provides support to them, but helps me to grow and heal as well.

There just isn't any other organization who can do what Amanda the Panda offers. It almost becomes the "club" you never wanted to join, but you are thankful beyond words that it exists and is always "accepting new members." Simply put - these are services that are life-changing for all involved!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life with the loss of my husband. And, have witnessed the impact of these services on others through camps, support groups, and holiday support.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

want more people to know that these services exist, and are free of charge! Then, I would want them to have more funds available for more camps throughout the year, and more people to help make all of it possible! They are great stewards of the funds they receive today, and do an incredible job of coordinating their volunteers! They just need more of both!!

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

Amanda The Panda is a wonderful organization. They truly help the grieving community in Des Moines. What an honor it is to volunteer with such an amazing group, who truly are passionate about helping people when they need it most. THANK YOU!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am just starting as a volunteer, so I have not seen first-hand the results, however, the stories I have heard from people who have recieved help from this organization are what motivated me to volunteer

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them raise more money so they can continue their good works.

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