Camp Sunshine shines blessing on Angels for Allison

Camp Sunshine shines blessing on Angels for Allison
Camp Sunshine counselors and campers from the first week of camp including Allison Brundick Haramis’ cousins, Elizabeth Moore and Danielle Groff.

As with many nonprofits, COVID-19 has not been kind to Angels for Allison, requiring the Jacksonville-based charity to call a pause to all its fundraising efforts for several months. However, one ray of light has been Camp Sunshine, a day camp led by high school students across Jacksonville, which for the past seven years has supported the nonprofit that is dedicated to assisting with funeral expenses and other costs associated with the loss of a child.

This year, Camp Sunshine donated $10,945 to Angels for Allison, proceeds derived from the day camp that was held at Ortega home of the Rachels’ family for three hours each day over two weeks in June and July. This year, 31 girls ranging in age from 5 to 10 enjoyed arts and crafts, baking, daily dance parties and painting Angels for Allison’s signature metal angels. The week finished up with a swim party. As an opportunity for young women to lead, the camp celebrated Allison’s spirit and the secondary mission of The Allison Brundick Haramis Foundation – to create a welcoming and inspiring environment for service to others and to cultivate the future of philanthropy through focused programs for youth participation and leadership.

Sadly, since January, the nonprofit has been called on for support by over 70 local families who have experienced the loss of a child. Camp Sunshine, which is led by teen volunteers was a blessing and helped keep the nonprofit operational over the summer. Founded in 2010 in memory of Allison Brundick Haramis, who tragically died in a car accident at the age of 15, the organization has provided financial assistance to more than 550 Northeast Florida families who have lost a child. To learn more about Angels for Allison, visit

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