Hello! My name is Isabella (Izzy). I am 13 years old and in eighth grade. I am a huge Robin Williams fan, and there’s a specific quote of his that is always with me: “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. ALWAYS.” I never fully appreciated that quote until the last three years. During that time, I have learned about the short and long-term battles that some of my friends have faced due to losing a loved one. My family has lost loved ones due to COVID as well. From these experiences, I began to understand how hard losing a loved one can be on both a child and an adult, and how much of a physical and mental toll it can have.
My family’s mantra is, “Leave the world a better place than we found it.” I was determined to put those words into action. So, I decided to find and work with a charity that supports families dealing with these types of losses. When looking into different charities, I found Good Grief. After watching one of their videos explaining what they do, I immediately decided I wanted to help Good Grief.
In those videos, I saw children and adults facing unimaginable loss and heartbreak. Some had lost a parent, some had lost a spouse, and some lost other family members. Good Grief helped those families process that loss and slowly start to heal, by creating an environment where these families could share their experiences with others who suffered similar tragedies. Over time, this seemed to help these families recover from these losses. Having seen what my family and friends went through, I wished I knew about Good Grief earlier. Realizing how important this type of support is, I wanted to find a way to support Good Grief.
I love singing and performing. I often sing at school talent shows and concerts – so I decided to host my own talent show as a fundraiser for Good Grief. I know that holidays can be a difficult time for families that are not as complete as they once were. Therefore, I wanted to plan the show for December and thought it should have a holiday theme. This way, I could not only raise money for Good Grief, but also spread some needed holiday cheer!
My virtual holiday show, “Holiday Wishes,” consists of a variety of acts such as singers (professional and non-professional), musicians (professional and non-professional), dancers, and maybe others.
It will be held on December 20th at 7:00 pm ET.
Tickets are eight dollars and can be purchased by clicking on the link below. On the website, you will find more instructions and information about the show, how to buy a ticket, and how to receive a link to the show. Each donation will immediately be sent to Good Grief.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I hope you can support us!