Love eating great food for a good cause? You won’t want to miss our upcoming Giveback Tuesday event. Join us on January 22 at our location in Rock Hill to help us give back to Annie’s Hope this month!
Every month, we are proud to feature a local nonprofit charity and donate 100% of the earned proceeds from the entire day to the charity. Lunch, dinner, drinks, and carryout are all included. So far, we’ve donated $190,605 to local nonprofit organizations.
Funds raised from this Giveback Tuesday will help support Annie’s Hope’s grief support programs, which are available free of charge to local children and their families.
Formerly known as The St. Louis Bereavement Center for Young People, Annie’s Hope was formed in 1997 by Becky Byrne in order to provide comprehensive support services to children, teens, and their families who are grieving a death. As a nurse in a children’s hospital, Byrne cared for children with life-threatening diseases and met hundreds of family members who felt lost and hopeless following the death of a child. When Byrne discovered that there were no resources to support grieving children and their families, she created this one-of-a-kind center for people disenfranchised by their grief.
“According to renowned grief professor and author Dr. Kenneth J. Doka, one in five children will experience the death of someone close to them by age 18,” Byrne said. “That statistically translates to thousands of children in the St. Louis region who are struggling with bereavement. Annie’s Hope provides free programs that change the trajectory of children’s grief and lead to better outcomes.”
The nonprofit organization serves more than 3,600 grieving children and their families annually. They travel about an hour outside of St. Louis for in-school groups, visits, professional education, and community awareness events.
Annie’s Hope supports the Greater St. Louis region with a wide variety of helpful programs, which include family support groups, school-based support and education, social events, and much more. They also visit grieving families facing imminent deaths through their Horizons program and host a five-night, four-day summer camp with grief support components through Camp Courage.
“Society is unprepared to address the needs of grieving kids because death is an uncomfortable topic. Grief and pain are ignored out of fear and discomfort,” said Byrne. “When kids come to Annie’s Hope, they find warmth, acceptance, and understanding, which allows them to regain confidence, overcome behavioral challenges, succeed in school, and find happiness again. It’s so incredibly rewarding to see a child smile again after months of sadness, uncertainty, fear, and anger.”
Please join us at our Rock Hill location to support Annie’s Hope. Remember: 100% of the net profits from the entire day will be donated, so bring your family and friends for a fun night filled with delicious food!
Please call us at (314) 942-6665 with any questions or visit us online at www.katiespizzaandpasta.com. Be sure to read more about Annie’s Hope and all of the great work they do by visiting them at www.annieshope.org.
We hope to see you January 22 at Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill!