December 17, 2018
A Story from Our Amanda the Panda Program: Saundra Connett
Unlike most kids, Saundra Connett's 11-year-old great-grandson Vincent looked forward to the first day of the week.
"[Vincent] was cheerful on Mondays, man, he couldn't wait to come home from school to go to Amanda the Panda" said Connett.
EveryStep's Grief & Loss Services' Amanda the Panda program was no playground or amusement park. However, it was a place to where Vincent felt comfortable and could face his grief. Vincent lost his great-grandfather, Victor Connett Sr., in 2017. But "Paa," as Vincent fondly called Victor, was more than just an elderly family relation.
About a decade ago, the Connetts took responsibility for raising Vincent.