The Abels and French-Hand Funeral Homes of Grundy and Hardin Counties are pleased to announce the 5th Annual Cherish the Child Event to honor the memory of children who have died at any age, miscarriage through adulthood. Cherish the Child A Walk to Remember was first held in May 2010 as an outreach of the funeral homes' AfterCare Service Department. Each year hundreds of families and individuals from across Iowa have gathered on the Thursday evening before Memorial Day to walk together seeking solace, understanding and hope. During the walk and Service of Remembrance that follows they share their stories, smile at precious memories of beloved children and perhaps share tears for their common loss.
Cherish the Child will be held Thursday, May 22nd in Grundy Center. Pre-registration is requested. Event T-shirts are available by advance order. In honor of the 5th Anniversary of the Cherish the Child Event, 10% of tee-shirt sales will be donated to Farm Safety for Just Kids, an Iowa-grown international non-profit with the mission of preventing childhood deaths on the farm. For more information or to register for the event please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Susan Keller at 319.345.2238. Gathering and check-in the day of the event are at Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home, 509 4th Street, Grundy Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.