Bridget's Cradles receives $1,200 Helping Hand
For those who have lost a child, you know it's hard. Unless you've gone through it, you just don't quite understand how hard.
The people behind Bridget's Cradles understand.
In the nearly four years since Ashley and Matt Opliger lost their little girl Bridget, they turned their grief into a full-on non-profit aimed at helping other families grieving from losing a child.
This past April they opened a new headquarters for Bridget's Cradles.
"We love it. It is such a healing and inspirational place for us and we are just so blessed to finally be able to have our own place where we can gather and have families and volunteers to support our mission," said Ashley Opliger.
Last year alone they helped 34,000 families across the country with their cradles and prayer squares.
With this year's goal being 40,000 cradles and squares, Ashley says they need more volunteers who are willing to join her and the other volunteers trying to make a difference.
"This is our way to be there in that moment in their intense grief and sadness and be able to provide a little bit of love. We know that it can't take away the pain of their loss, but it's just one way for them to know their loved and cared for," said Opliger.
In addition to Ashley and Matt, I also got to sit down with Casey Siegrist and Ashley's mother, Teresa Golik, to surprise the four people who really got Bridget's Cradles off the ground.
I told them Eyewitness News and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers want to give them $1,200 to help with their mission.
They were all taken back.
"Wow," they all said with a smile and gasp. "Wow. That's very nice. Wow, well thank you very much, we're so grateful for that. That will be a huge blessing, not only to us, but we will pour that out and be able to bless a lot of people," said Ashley.
When Ashley, Siegrist and Golik met with Dustin DeVaughn and Richard James, they said the money will go a long way in helping pay for their biggest cost, shipping the cradles and squares to hospitals across the country.
"The DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers here with one of our very favorite organizations, and that's Bridget's Cradles, who help families going through a difficult time, and we're very excited to lend a Helping Hand," said DeVaughn.
If you want to get involved, Bridget's Cradles has a work night this Wednesday, August 29th, where you can go and help get the cradles and squares ready to ship. The organization is always in need of volunteers.
You can find information on how to sign up by clicking on this link -