Amanda Cares Inc

Rating: 4.77 stars   30 reviews


1821 Grand Avenue West Des Moines IA 50265 USA


Amanda the panda's mission is to restore grieving children and families back into the mainstream of their lives through innovative services that provide hope and healing. Services include: weekend grief camps, support groups, fun days, school visits, community outreach and holiday support.


Camp amanda - for children & adults that have experienced the death of a loved one; amanda the panda & support groups - caring support for children and family members.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Amanda The Panda has delivered wonderful Holiday Baskets to HCI bereaved clients for the past 2 years. The baskets have been a blessing in what may have been otherwise a very slim to non exisitent holiday celebration after the detah of a loved family member. Kudos to ATP, Charlie, and the other awesome women who make ATP click!

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

feedback from the bereaved

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

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How did you find this group?

Our VP of Family Care is on their Board

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Made more grief resources available to the bereaved

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

many many ways!

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

not change anything.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter and I attended camp after my husband (her father) passed away. The camp was a great experience for her, and it has had a lasting impact on her. She still talks about it a year later (which is pretty special for an 8-year-old!). Not only did the camp help her, but I was supprised at how much the adult camp helped me. I was very comforted when I realized that even though everyone around our circle got there because of different circumstances, the emotions and thoughts that we were dealing with were surprisingly similar. I would recommend this organization to anyone who has had a loved one pass away. They are awesome!

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

My daughter and I felt very comforted in the fact that we are not the only ones going through loss. It was also helpful to realize that it is ok to be sad but that it is also ok to start being happy again.

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

Make it national!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had never heard of Amanda the Panda when my 40 year old husband passed away 9 years ago. I was suddenly a widow raising 3 children. My family benefited in many ways from this organization. I attending the parent support group. It was a safe place for me to talk about my grief and make friends with others that were grieving. My daughter attended the children's support group. We both attended camp and family events through out the year. My daughter looks back at those experiences with fond memories. My daughter felt comfort spending time with other children who had experienced the death of a close family member. She once said, "they are like us." My daughter also appreciated being able to talk to a doctor about my husband's death. He was able to explain things that she hadn't felt comfortable asking me. Celebrating the first Christmas without my husband was especially difficult, but the care package gave us something to look forward to each day in December. My children still remember some of the special gifts they received in that care box. I received my first Amaryllis bulb in that box and have continued to plant a bulb each winter since then. Just like that dead bulb bloomed, Amanda the Panda helped me get through the depth of my grief to bloom again.

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

2003 after my husband passed away suddenly. The school counselor sent information home with my children. Interestingly enough, the counselor's wife had passed away at a young age and he had personally benefited from Amanda the Panda.

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

ask more people to donate to this worth cause.

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