Local Student Brightens Holidays of Family in NeedNavigator News
This past Christmas, Lexington Christian Academy student Milo Golding brought in toys and clothing for a family in need. The family included a grandmother and 7 grandchildren, ranging from ages 4 to13, who lost their grandfather recently at the Hospice Care Center at UK HealthCare.
Milo, whose father passed away two years ago around Christmas, knows what it is like to lose a family member around the holidays. He saw a bereavement counselor with Bluegrass Grief Care after the loss, and attended Camp Hope, a camp for children who have suffered different types of loss.
“During the holidays it is so tough not to have the person that was always there for you. Even though you get gifts, that hole doesn’t really get filled. What inspired me to do this for these children is that even though they don’t have their parents, I just want them to feel that they are loved even by people who don’t know them,” said Milo.
Milo set up a toy and clothing drive at school, and enlisted help from some of his friends. “I am in Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy, and that kind of inspired me to lead a group of guys to donate to this family.”
The drive was a huge success, with over 20 gifts for the family – clothes to toys to coats to a skateboard.
Milo is grateful for his experience with Bluegrass Grief Care and Camp Hope. “Camp Hope was amazing. Especially meeting some of the people that were invited and the support group that were there. It was an overall fun experience, you don’t feel alone. You know that you are not alone in the grand scheme of things.”
He adds, “If you have the ability to do so, help those in the community or those who are less fortunate, you know who are grieving in the holiday season. Just help fill that hole in their hearts. Just help.”