The original connection was a personal one for me. As soon as I became aware of the incredible Mosher siblings and the program they were putting together, I wanted to do something to help them but I wasn’t sure how. Once the Southern Maine Thin Blue Line 5K went from a dream to something that was really going to happen, I was thrilled with the idea of having this event to remember and honor all 83 of Maine’s Fallen Law Enforcement Officers, while at the same time helping Camp Kita in their crucial mission to help these kids at a critical time in their emotional development.
The real connection between the law enforcement community and Camp Kita has not truly been made yet publicly, but it is something that still needs to build. The Camp Kita program has had a successful first year and is looking for more campers, both for this year (though the deadline for application is fast approaching) and for years to come. As first responders in the aftermath of a suicide, police are often the ones who first have to deal with devastated children left behind. Often times, that first connection is the end of the contact, but the police know who these kids are and where they can be found. We need to connect these devastated kids with the help that is out there for them at Camp Kita. These children, who have had a parent commit suicide, are three times as likely to commit suicide themselves. Let’s try to lower these odds.
If you know of a child age 8 – 17 affected by the death of a loved one to suicide, we need your help. You can serve as the crucial conduit to make the connection by contacting Camp Kita at www.campkita.com. Our society can’t wait for these kids to ask for help…they aren’t able to talk about their loss, let alone ask for help. We need to bring the help to them. Camp Kita’s trained, compassionate staff is well-equipped to approach a family about helping the surviving children who are affected. The program needs your help to find out who these families are and where they can be found.
If you are a first responder, school counselor, clergy or anyone who thinks you might know of a child who could benefit from the unique help provided by the program Camp Kita has to offer, please contact them with your referral information. PLEASE DON’T WAIT!!! These kids might not be asking to attend on their own, but once there they will want to go back again and again. All of last year’s campers will be returning in 2015 for the second camp season. This camp is the only place where these kids feel normal and totally accepted.
Referrals need not be from the state of Maine. Geography has nothing to do with the pain these kids have been through and is easily overcome after the bonds have been formed through email and various forms of communication. If you can help, please make the connection by contacting Morgan, Sydney and Isaiah, the founders of the camp. They can be reached at www.campkita.com! There is also the opportunity to make a donation on the website as well.
My wish is to make the 1st Annual Southern Maine Thin Blue Line 5K on October 24, 2015 an event to remember and recognize the 83 men who have made the ultimate sacrifice by putting their lives on the line on a daily basis. At the same time we can raise awareness to how we can help to make a long-lasting positive change in the life of a young person who has already seen more than their share of the negative side of life than they ever imagined.
Please help me with this mission.
Charles C Black II