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Empty Arms Bereavement Support holds space for parents to honor their pregnancy, experience their baby, and grieve their baby’s death.

This blog post originally appeared on Feed the Children's website. It is published here with permission.

The largest project in this family's life is their almost-complete six-room house they kept referencing throughout our conversation. By the standards of the village it's a very large structure, but as they explained, the size is necessary to comfortably fit seven family members all together. This new house isn't visible from their rented home, but it's clearly at the forefront of their minds.

We can remember our pediatrician asking us to sit down. We were holding Gavin on our laps and we knew whatever she was going to say wasn’t going to be good. When she said, “I think Gavin has Leukemia,” our hearts dropped.

Two years ago, my wife was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She was nursing our two-year-old at the time. The next day, my doctor told me there was a strong likelihood I had cancer, too.

“Better than Christmas!” is what one third grade student said about Amherst Cinema’s groundbreaking arts and literacy program, See-Hear-Feel-Film (SHFF), and we couldn’t agree more!

The Hampshire Regional YMCA has been helping the surrounding Northampton community since its inception in 1890. Like all Ys, we provide multiple pathways for members of different backgrounds and lifestyles to better themselves and positively impact the community through healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility.

"The Club is like a second home for me. I always feel welcomed here. The Club’s great staff has taught me to be a better person and taught me right from wrong. As I grow older my goal is to be a part of that staff and continue teaching that philosophy."

Thanks to the Meals on Wheels program, Joan has the security that comes from a daily hot nutritious meal and wellness check. For over a year, volunteer driver Alan Coutinho has been checking in on her with a hot, noontime meal five days a week.

Through collaborations with educational institutions, cultural organizations and local businesses, PVJFF offers a temporary common ground where community members interested in experiencing Jewish culture through film can learn, be inspired, and enjoy being together.


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