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CAMP SHIELD SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2019

Camp SHIELD will be held September 20-22, 2019, at Camp Kinard in Batesburg-Leesville. Camp SHIELD will be an opportunity for the entire family to remember and honor their loved one, to grieve together outside of the funeral in a relaxed, safe and supportive setting. Families will be allowed to express emotions, share their grief, connect with others and learn positive coping skills.

Camp SHIELD is offered free of charge except for a small $50 administrative fee per family.

Camp Kinard occupies 325 acres 30 miles outside of Columbia and its unique facilities provide a great retreat experience in a nurturing, fully–accessible environment. 

The application process for Camp SHIELD is now open! If you would like to attend the 2019 Camp SHIELD, please fill out the application [CLICK HERE TO APPLY].

To download a 2019 Camp SHIELD flyer [Click Here].

If you would like to serve as a volunteer at Camp SHIELD, please fill out a volunteer application [Click Here].

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Jacoby’s Shield Silent Auction 2019

We are excited to announce our upcoming inaugural Jacoby’s Shield Silent Auction event to be held on Thursday May 23rd at Stone Bridge Gardens in Columbia, SC! Throughout the evening we will be showcasing some amazing musical talents and will be serving delicious food from Citrus Catering Company to help you keep your energy up for a fun night of bidding for a great cause!

The tables with our wonderful assortment of locally donated baskets, certificates, and travel experiences will open promptly at 7pm and close at 9pm. Bidders must be present in order to claim their winning items.

Why this is an important night…

The vision of Jacoby’s Shield is to help parents and siblings grieving a death find connection and healing. We strongly feel that no parent or sibling should be alone in grief and seek to create a community where families can turn for support.  By participating in this gala event, YOU can help make a difference.

Funds graciously raised on May 23rd will go toward hosting Camp SHIELD which is a multiday family bereavement retreat. Camp SHIELD combines traditional fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. This year our Camp SHIELD retreat will be held September 20-22, 2019, at Camp Kinard in Batesburg-Leesville. Any additional funds will be used to support our community-based family grief support groups. 

So, what are you waiting for?

Seating is limited, so get your tickets ASAP. You won’t want to miss this night!

Individual Tickets

$20.00

Multiple Tickets

$15.00/each

Table Sponsor (10 seats)

$150.00

CLICK HERE PURCHASE TICKETS!

Jacoby’s Shield 2nd Annual Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Family Stroll

Calling the Southeast’s mightiest superheroes! Join us on April 20, 2019, for Jacoby’s Shield Second Annual Superhero 5k Run/Walk & Family Stroll. Jacoby’s Shield is a non-profit volunteer organization that heals the hearts of bereaved parents and siblings. Jacoby’s Shield accomplishes its mission primarily through hosting Camp SHIELD family bereavement retreats. Camp SHIELD combines traditional fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. The money being raised will help fund Camp SHIELD and bereavement support groups. Camp SHIELD will be held September 20-22, 2019, at Camp Kinard in Batesburg-Leesville.

This is a family and stroller friendly event. All are encouraged to wear your superhero gear.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

Sponsors
We cordially invite you to participate as a Sponsor or a Vendor of Jacoby’s Shield 2nd annual Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Family Stroll. Your sponsorship helps to defray the cost of organizing the event. Funds received from sponsorships are used to purchase t-shirts for registered race participants, awards and complimentary drinks and snacks for each race participant. Any additional money from sponsorships will help go toward our fundraising goal of $30,000.

There are various levels of sponsorship for the Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Family Stroll. Size and placement of logos on t‐shirts and website are based on sponsorship level.

If you would like to be either a sponsor or a vendor for our Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Family Stroll, please download and submit a SPONSOR FORM or a VENDOR FORMIf you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Board Chair Stuart Latta, by telephone at 803-400-3299 or by e-mail at stuart@jacobysshield.org. Thank you!

Volunteers
If you would like to volunteer for our Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Family Stroll or for Camp SHIELD, please download and submit a VOLUNTEER FORM.

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Jacoby’s Shield, established in 2016 by parents Stuart & Xaviera Latta, is a 501(c)(3), faith-based organization providing services to families experiencing the death of a child.

Providing comfort, hope and healing to parents, grandparents and siblings affected by grief.

Whether stillborn or 50, every year, countless parents experience the death of a child. Our unique programs give parents and siblings the chance to cry, laugh, grow, and heal. Kids meet other kids in similar circumstances, and together, they grow stronger.

The death of someone close can be a devastating experience for anyone, let alone a child. For children, losing a parent, sibling or other important person in their life can significantly disrupt their healthy development. They can feel like their entire world has been turned upside down, and more often than not, they do not know how to process the overwhelming emotions of grief.

Jacoby’s Shield is unique. In the cases where a family suffers the death of a child, there are long term effects on the surviving family members. Children who lost a sibling have a mortality rate two and a half times that of other children. One factor is the emotional impact and its effects on mental health, especially in the short term. For parents, research has shown that losing a child increases the mortality rate in mothers more than a decade later, both from natural and unnatural causes. It increases the mortality rate in fathers, too, but only from unnatural causes. Child death is a profound loss for parents, resulting in elevated rates of marital disruption as well as depression and health problems persisting decades after the child’s death.

The loss of a child is a parent’s worst nightmare, and when a family member dies the whole family grieves and each family member needs support. Oftentimes the fathers grieve differently than the mothers. And the surviving siblings are “the forgotten mourners.” The strain on a family as a result of a death of a child is high. Jacoby’s Shield is unique in that in brings the entire family unit together to heal in a safe place with their peers, parents with other parents, and siblings with other siblings.