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Amanda Cares Inc

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Causes: Family Services, Health, Human Services, Patient & Family Support

Mission: 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.

Programs: 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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Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am a Guidance Counselor at a local Catholic elementary School. I have referred students and their families to Amanda the Panda's support groups and camps. It is very reassuring to know that Amanda the Panda provides such a valuable service to our community and is so dedicated to helping families and students in their grieving process. Amanda the Panda offers a unique opportunity to heal--we are grateful for them!