The weekend, aimed at creating new bonds and promoting healing in a relaxed atmosphere, will be spent volunteering with the St. Bernard Project to help rebuild homes destroyed by hurricanes Katrina and Isaac. Doing projects such as this is not only healing for the 9/11 and military widows in attendance, but also affirms that they are more than the sum of their own tragedy by helping others. "We have found that there is a profound healing effect when those that have been through tragedy have the opportunities to help others in need. Tuesday's Children is honored to have been invited to join the American Widow Project for such an important cause" - Terry Grace Sears, Executive Director. In addition to rebuilding homes, the AWP has a few more surprises in store for the special widows attending this weekend getaway.
The American Widow Project would like to thank the St. Bernard Project, Tuesday's Children, Arabi Food Store and Cafe for donating lunch, Louisiana Pizza Kitchen for donating dinner on Friday evening, and Tujagues for sponsoring a special dinner on Sunday evening. The AWP would also like to thank Debra Willis, Robbi Hammett, Mary Edrington, Ya Ya Designs and all AWP Supporters for their generous donations and efforts in supporting this event.
In 2007 Michael Davis lost his life while serving his country in Iraq. At a mere 21 years of age, Taryn Davis became a widow. In the wake of this tragedy, Taryn began to discover that resources were scarce for young military widows. To reach out and support other young women who had lost a husband in service, Taryn began the American Widow Project (AWP). To date, the American Widow Project has served over 1,100 military widows across the U.S. In 2011, the AWP was recognized as one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes, awarded the Diane Von Furstenberg People's Voice Award, and was a recipient of VH1's Do Something Award. Founder, Taryn Davis, was also named one of Newsweek's 125 Women Who Shake the World, Glamour Magazine's 21 Amazing Young Women, and was nominated as Texan of the Year. The American Widow Project is currently nominated as Small Charity of the Year for the 4th Annual CLASSY Awards.